Experience French Open tennis thrills at Roland Garros
Published on 4 April 2015, dans Events
The superb Roland-Garros stadium will again play host to the major international sporting event that is the French Open Tennis Championship in 2015. This spring, from May 24th to June 7th , we will witness a clash of titans as the world’s greatest tennis players vie for the glory of winning the only one of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments that is held on clay, a surface noted for making these fine athletes dig deep within themselves for hidden reserves of stamina and fortitude. At the Hotel Jacques de Molay, you will be within easy reach of convenient transport links to whisk you to the Roland-Garros stadium within minutes.
Roland-Garros, a tennis Grand Slam event in Paris
Officially called Les Internationaux de France de Tennis, Roland Garros, and often known simply as Roland-Garros, the French Open is one of the key events in the world’s sporting calendar. Along with the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon tournaments, it is one of the tennis Grand Slam events, or Majors. The contest can trace its roots as far back as 1891, when it began as a national event open only to members of French tennis clubs. However, it wasn’t until 1925 that it became a major championship, when it became open to all amateurs internationally. Previously held at such venues as the Stade Français and the Racing Club de France, the French Open moved to the newly opened Stade de Roland-Garros in 1928. The stadium, which is named after a pioneering French aviator and First World War fighter pilot, has hosted the event ever since.
The French Open is unique among the Grand Slam events as it takes place on clay, which is a slower surface that allows a higher bounce. This has the effect of making it a great challenge to players as it can cause points to go on for a longer time. This and the fact that the five set men’s singles matches are played without a tie break have led to the French Open being widely considered the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.
Will Rafael Nadal of Spain continue his dominance of the event is the question being asked? In 2014 he captured the Men’s Singles crown for the fifth time in a row, and for the ninth time in the last ten attempts. Can he do it again or will he be foiled by the Serbian ace Novak Djokovic? Will Maria Sharapova claim a third French Open Women’s Singles victory or will she be stymied by Serena Williams? Last year the French players Julien Benneteau and Édouard Roger-Vasselin won the Men’s Doubles title. Can they do it again? These are the questions that will be answered in Paris this spring at the world’s premiere clay court event. And here’s one more question that only you can answer. Will you be there to witness this great sporting event?
French Open tennis tournament Rolland Garros :
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Subway : Line 9 : Mairie de Montreuil - Pont de Sèvres (stations Michel-Ange Auteuil ou Michel-Ange Molitor)
Line 10 : Gare d'Austerlitz - Boulogne (stations Porte d'Auteuil ou Boulogne Jean-Jaurès)
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Hotel Jacques de Molay, chic and cozy Boutique hotel in Paris, Marais district