Game, Set and Match at Roland-Garros French Open

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Soak up the atmosphere of the Roland-Garros French Open in Paris, one of the major Grand Slam events on the global tennis calendar.

Join over 400,000 passionate tennis supporters in the fun and excitement of the French Open and watch Paris come to life. Enjoy 15 days of everything tennis, from the Roland-Garros Children’s Day, entertainment and activities, but most importantly, to watch world-class tennis players in action on one of the circuit’s toughest courts.

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In total, there are over 60 events on the ATP World Tour each year. The Roland-Garros French Open is one of the four largest tennis tournaments. Together with the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon they make up the Grand Slam, the most desired prize for any singles tennis player. In late May, for two weeks, the focus is on Paris and the world’s greatest clay court championship.

The French Musketeers

Originally for French club players, the tournament was opened up to invite international players to compete in 1925. In 1927, French players became a force to be reckoned with beating the Americans in the Davis Cup. For the rematch a suitable stadium was required and that was the birth of Roland-Garros Stadium in 1928. It was here that Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra and René Lacoste, known locally as the ‘French Musketeers’, won on home soil, a stream of wins that lasted for five years, and the rest as we say is history.

The French continued to establish themselves as an important country on the international circuit and for organising a tournament that grew from strength to strength. In its time it has seen some incredible players here such as Ivan Lendl, the coach of today’s Andy Murray, Björn Borg, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles and Chris Evert.

The Tough Clay Court

The French Open is renowned for being a difficult court to play on. Clay courts change the tactics of play altogether and often champion players of hard and grass courts fail to hit the mark on the clay surface. Play is slower and the ball is less predictable, often making it harder to return a shot.

Tennis has never been as exciting as it is today. Men’s tennis currently has some of the best players the sport has ever seen including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, each with an incredible amount of Grand Slam titles under their belts. Nadal is undoubtedly the world’s best clay court player and has won an amazing eight titles on this clay surface in Paris.  Woman’s tennis is no different with the dominance of the Williams sisters and players like Maria Sharapova, who all excel on the clay surface. The French Open is not only about singles tennis though. Doubles trophies are up for grabs for men’s, woman’s and mixed, as well as the junior titles and wheelchair tennis.

Rolan-Garros Charity Children’s Day

During the tournament, many events take place. The largest is the Roland-Garros children’s day, a charity event held since 1977. A great day out for families, it doubles as a dress rehearsal for the big event. Top players compete in small tournaments on the tennis courts, and umpires and ball-boys get the chance to warm up for the busy days to come. For over 20,000 visitors the day is complete with fun and surprise activities. The best part is that it is all for a good cause, raising money for various charities.

Big Screens at La Terrasse

As with all four grand slam events, tickets are often sold out, but do not fear. Instead, soak up the atmosphere in the heart of Paris. ‘La Terrasse’, set up outside Paris City Hall, brings the tennis to the people. Large screens broadcast the important matches whilst various events and activities take place during the tournament.

Whether you are in the city for the 1st or 2nd round, the finals, or the whole event, you will not be disappointed. And even if you are new to tennis but happen to be in Paris during the 25th May until the 8th June go to the French Open and feel the buzz around you. This may be the start of your passion for tennis. If you are unsure where to start, just pick a court and watch the match. Even if you don’t know the players, just think, you could be watching part of history as they could be future rising stars. Regardless, it is impossible to not soak up the incredible atmosphere as everyone gathers for the same purpose, to enjoy a good game of tennis.

The Radisson Hotel Paris, Boulogne is located within minutes of Roland-Garros Stadium, making it the ideal base during the French Open. Join in on the celebrations with locals and visitors to Paris who have one thing on their mind – Tennis.

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