The French Open
is where the players enter the court on Chartier stadium.
This was taken about an hour before the start of play on Championship Sunday
at Roland Garros.
first day I was at the French Open I saw the womens semis and mens doubles
semis. Here I am watching Dementieva destroy
Suarez in the first semi-final. My seats were
not bad, but they were the worst I had all 3 days I attended.
disappointing loss came in the mens doubles when the Bryan brothers lost in the
semis to a team from France. I think I
was the only person in the crowd outside of the Bryans family who was cheering for
the American team. Still a fun match to
used to like Guillermo Coria, but after watching how he handled himself in the final, I
was very pleased to see Gaudio win the title. Here
he is preparing to hit a forehand to Gaudio.
hitting a serve to Gaudio in the 4th set.
It was a very interesting match. It
was awesome to see the crowd get behind Gaudio in the 3rd set when he was
losing and to help lift his spirits. The
chanting, clapping and even the wave were electric in the stadium.
tennis in the womens semi-finals was pretty sloppy.
The last American in either draw, Jennifer Capriati, got swept off the court
by Anastasia Myskina. It was still fun to
see. Here Capriati is hitting a backhand.
is where I sat and watched the mens semis between Nalbandian and Gaudio and Coria
and Henman. Nalbandian is getting ready to
return the serve of the eventual French Open champ, Gaston Gaudio.
mixed doubles final was won by a team from France. Richard
Gasquet (age 17) and Tatiana Golovin (age 16) won the title over the brother/sister team
of Wayne and Cara Black. It was fun to see
Cara again after meeting her in Hawaii at the WTA event on the Big Island.
the mens final began I walked around the stadium.
Here is a shot of Philippe Chartier Court about an hour before Gaudio and
Coria played in the mens final
Coria started cramping up 2 sets to 0 in the final, some fans left. So I took that opportunity to move to these seats
where I watched the last 2 sets of the French Open mens final. Not too shabby!
crowd tried to pull Tim Henman through to victory in his match vs. Guillermo Coria. However, once again Henman showed his ability to
choke in big matches. Here he is hitting an
Gaudio had an amazing tournament. Here he is
preparing to hit a forehand while using his left hand to prepare the racquet. The use of the left hand is one of the key
concepts I taught the last 3 years with PBI. It
was nice to see it displayed prominently by the French Open Champ.
his lack of notoriety, I love Max Mirnyis game.
I got to see he and Mahesh Bhupati play in the mens doubles semi on
Lenglen court. Here is a picture of Mirnyi
serving an ace to win the 2nd set over Malisse/Rochus. Unfortunately, they lost in 3 sets.
I watched the main matches at Chartier court, I also enjoyed walking around the grounds. Here I am in front of Lenglen court getting ready
to watch some mens doubles.
is the womens French Open Champ, Anastasia Myskina.
Here she is hitting a forehand in her victory over Capriati. Her victory was about as ugly as this forehand.
Gaudio came out of nowhere to win the French Open. Here
is exulting in victory with the trophy in his hand. You
can see Coria, Guillermo Vilas and John McEnroe also up on stage for the trophy