Tennis Anyone? Play on the Clay in Paris

There were two main reasons for adding Paris to our trip to Europe.  First, our daughter Saydi who is living in London for six months with her husband and four darling children were going to meet us there for a fun weekend and second, a little tennis tournament called Roland Garros!

We are basically tennis nuts! Richard is a nationally ranked senior player and I have watched so much tennis in my life that I should be an excellent player, but I just can’t get it to transfer!  Richard had a press pass for the opening Monday and Tuesday of the tournament and he was like a kid in a candy store!  Not only could he get front row seats into any match he wanted, but he could also attend the press conferences…..and ask questions!  He took full advantage of that, of course and asked questions to the venerable Rafa Nadal, Maria Sherapova, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams after her stunning loss.  Allthough only one press pass was available but I saw some pretty awesome stuff too! If I couldn’t get into the big matches I just watched them on the really big screens outside the stadiums.

We saw some great play by Ferrer and of course it was a big thrill for Richard to see a Federer match.

Before play begins every day, all the ball boys and girls came running through the grounds in a blaze of red, chanting something in French and obviously having the time of their lives!

There was also entertainment for those walking between matches. This balloon-hat-maker was pretty amazing!

The big screens were really fun because sometimes there were as many people outside the arena as there were in. Mostly the big players won easily without too much drama, but I think we saw the match of the tournament as we watched a three hour match in which we saw Serena gradually lose to a wonderful French woman who had lost her husband/coach to a serious illness last year. The crowd was ecstatic when Razzano won in a tie breaker on the second set and went on digging for every point to the very last one. The last game was about a half an hour long and each of them had several ( 5 or 6) match points! It was the most incredible match either of us had ever seen!

In the end, the audience (including the new President of France who was there) was ecstatic! They let everybody on the grounds in for the last set so it was more like being at a football game than a tennis match. Everyone was over the moon!

There’s was so pretty interesting speculation about who would be in the men’s final.

 

Such a fun time to watch play on the clay (Federer back there on the top)!

 

 

 

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