The countdown to the first match at 11:00 is ticking. As soon as we set foot in Roland Garros complex, we could feel the last-minute preparations. The whole place is shaping up for the French Open to kick off. The new buildings, in perfect architectural harmony with the existing, are being prepped to host the players and the visitors by the hundreds of people working together to carry out the event. Visitors queuing and excited to enter the legendary tennis courts and the recent ones, players rehearsing in small courts, and ball boys making rounds and warming up, the first timer François got acclaimed and applauded when entering the court.
First matches started, many home favorites were playing today. Alizé Cornet made it to the 2nd round against Sara Errani, so did Gaël Monfils, although he started the game on the wrong foot facing Eliott Benchetrit, who played beautifully his first Roland Garros game ever. The french Lucas Pouille scored 3-0 to Medvedev. Same score for Grigor Dimitrov to Mohamed Safwat. The unexpected moments of the day were the defeat of Venus Williams and Johanna Konta and last year’s winner: Jelena Ostapenko.
Between matches, we passed by « le Village », one of the new buildings where restaurants and lounges settled, offering another experience of the tournament. We were hosted by Moët Hennessy, a smooth welcoming space designed with a certain attention to the smallest design details. They treated us with a selection of their best champagne and wines, and some delicious gourmet snacks from Potel et Chabot.
We are so excited to be coming back for more surprising games and discovering the new spaces of the RG18.