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Simonne-Mathieu court

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Day 8 at Roland-Garros by Joseph Jabbour

Today on wet clay, Djokovic defeated powerful Lennard Struff to reach the quarter-finals on the parisian terre battue, becoming the first man to reach the last eight at Roland Garros in 10 consecutive appearances.

Simona Halep posted her first straight-set win of Roland Garros 2019 to make the second week for the fifth time in her career, defeating Lesia Tsurenko in just 55 minutes.

Parisian all over the stadium were not only deceived by the rainy sky, but also by the loss of all French athletes before the quarter-finals. But the one thing they are happy and satisfied about during this tournament, is their brand-new elegant, yet discreet court: Le Simonne Mathieu.

Long gone are the days where worries and disputes overshadowed the beauty of the once anticipated Simone Mathieu court! A week after its opening, the Marc Mimram designed stadium became very popular amongst visitors and athletes around here.

It's now the third court of the stadium in terms of capacity. 

“Where is the new court?” was the question asked by number of visitors while arriving to the stadium on the first days of the tournament. 

Personally, I was really looking forward to seeing it finished, and the result is - oh so satisfying!

It is at the end of an alley, in the south-east part of the garden of Serres d'Auteuil, that the new semi-buried architectural masterpiece is hidden.

Away from the daily RG fuss, we can distinguish at first its high bay windows, defining the four greenhouses enveloping the playground. The integration into the environment is the key word of the project. Trees were planted in a greater number than the torn-out ones.

Inside, this aim for symbiosis resulted into an architecture defined by lightness and transparency, where the spectators are protected from the sun, the weather conditions, and the urban noise, without casting a shadow on the court.

A special place for tennis lovers, and for dreamers too! Simonne-Mathieu court opens the debate of how to build new stadiums and courts, tennis ones in particular. Demonstrating that awareness can be turned into creativity, and that successful elegant architecture can be respectful and unharmful to its environment.

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