Each May and well into June, Paris lights up with the bustle of the tennis world’s second Grand Slam of the year: the French Open, most commonly referred to as ‘Roland Garros’.
Considered to be an exclusive and prestigious tournament worldwide, the French Open is the only Grand Slam still held on clay courts and, therefore, offers a unique experience to tennis players and connoisseurs from around the globe. The Roland Garros is considered to be the most difficult and strenuous for players, featuring five-set games without tiebreaks in the final set and a slow playing surface due to the specific characteristics of clay courts.
Thousands of tennis lovers and tennis-curious attend the games every single year. The French Open is possibly, after London’s Wimbledon, the most broadcast and viewed tennis Grand Slam tournament in the world.
Great stars and players have given their all at the Roland Garros Stadium’s courts, including the likes of Björn Borg, Gustavo Kuerten, Pete Sampras, Guillermo Vilas, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin and the list simply goes on and on and on…
The Roland Garros Stadium
The Roland Garros Stadium – or Stade Roland Garros – is located in the 16th arrondissement in south-western Paris. The stadium receives thousands of spectators during the French Open tournament in its twenty different courts. Tennis fans and tourists alike can also visit its Tenniseum, the stadium’s own tennis museum, featuring multimedia video displays, photographs and over one hundred tennis rackets dating from 1950 to the present.
The Roland Garros is more than a tournament, is more than a stadium, is an occasion that meets family and friends to relax and enjoy both high level tennis performances and many facilities that the complex has to offer. Have you ever imagine yourself seeing the final of Roland Garros with a baguette in one hand and a beer in the other?
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