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Roland Garros 2015

This week I was on my way to Paris, to visit the city and see one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in the world.

 
Named after the French aviator Roland Garros, it is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments.
 
The players are usually starting their season on clay, in order to be prepared for those courts. Clay is slower and that makes it a more exhausting type of match. 
 
There is no doubt that tennis is a sport for gentlemen. Even in the early years the tournaments came up with a dress code for the players. Tennis is one of those games where players are expected to conduct themselves with a certain amount of dignity and grace.
 
Back to my story, of course I took the HYT H1 – Black DLC & Pink Gold to Paris. Great watch and just ideal for a sports event like this.
Eiffel Tower Roland Garros

Paris was showing all it’s beauty and glance. Such a romantic city with so many beautiful places to visit. There are so many hidden flower stores, cute bars and cafés. Love this city!

The weather was great on Wednesday, sunny and pretty much no clouds. On Thursday when I went to see the matches it was a bit colder, more windy & cloudy.

Paris travel spring
It’s the early bird that catches the worm, so I arrived in the morning to feel the energy of such a big event. That first really impressive moment – when the ballkids are running towards the court ‘Suzanne Lenglen’ and singing songs together – just powerful.
Roland Garros Ball Girls
So, let’s talk about the first game of Men’s Single match.
 
Rafael Nadal – Nicolàs Almagro
 
Rafa is the 9-time champion in Paris. 5 titles of them in a row. Nadal is the king of Roland Garros, the crowd loves him here! It is just incredible how strong and fast Rafa is. And meanwhile he is also serving better. All those facts make him my personal tip for the title this year.
Roland Garros Rafa Nadal
Nadal is not only famous for winning Grand Slams, he is also known and feared for his tremendous helicopter forehand (buggy whip). 
Helicopter Forehand Rafa
 
Almagro played a great match. He made a couple of super points with his strong backhand. During the match he was hitting the lines, but Rafa was a wall.
Nicolàs Almagro Serve
At the end Rafa won 6-4 ¦ 6-3 ¦ 6-1 and was even up for some fun during the interview.
Rafael Nadal Interview
The next big game on court Philippe Chatrier came up, the flag of Roland Garros showed the slight wind on the court and everyone was waiting for another great match.
Roland Garro Banner
Andy Murray – Joao Sousa
 
This and last season Andy had some changes in his staff, and since he changed the tactics he is getting stronger. Besides on that, he didnt lose a game since he is married, maybe a good sign for him.
 
As usual, Murray came up with an impressive match. He is definitely one of the best return players on the tour. I think he is super quick with a height of 1,90 meters.
Andy Murray Roland Garros
 
As a tennis addict, I keep following him since a while. He defintely worked on his service.
Mainly on the first serve, you can see that clearly on the stats board:
 
Average 80 % 1ST SERVE POINTS WON, that means he wins 80% of the points if he hits the first serve. He still has a lot of room to improve on the 2nd though.
Andy Murray serving
Joao Sousa is a young and strong player. He played a great match and even managed to win a set against Andy Murray. During the 3rd set he was playing a great game and came up even stronger. But somehow Murray brought the set home. But that’s Tennis, that’s sports.
Sousa Tennis Player
After losing the 3rd set, but playing sort of better than Andy – it was the mental constitution that made the difference in this match.
 
At the end it was 6-2 ¦ 4-6 ¦ 6-4 ¦ 6-1
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And as every other tournament, you see and meet legends, sportswomen & -men and of course celebrities
 
Anna Wintour
Editor-In-Chief for the US Vogue
Tennis lover & Fan of Roger Federer
Anna Wintour Roland Garros
Annabel Croft
Former professional British No. 1 female tennis player 
Radio and TV presenter
 
Annabel Croft Roland Garros
It was more than awesome, a real gentleman’s experience.
I’d love to visit other tournaments and see more matches!