That Red Clay

I don’t think there is a more stunning place to watch tennis than Roland Garros, home of the French Tennis Open even if the surface is no longer really red clay but crushed red bricks over white limestone. Maurice and I both like to watch tennis although neither of us play anymore and have been to Roland Garros quite a few times since moving here (and I’ve posted about it serveral times too). Seeing that red clay surface while sitting in the green stands is a great feeling when you have watched televised matches for years. I haven’t been to Wimbledon yet but would like to one of these years. The tennis got rained out the day before I went but there was sunshine for me, thank goodness.


You see this sculpture as you near one of the big stadiums. I am sure people living then would be really surprised if they could see what the women players are wearing now.


A view of some of the grounds as you look down from one of the stadiums. There is talk of moving the French Open elsewhere as the players are complaining that it is too small. I personally would hate to see that happen. Versailles or the area out by Disney Paris have been mentioned as possible places but I read that the Paris mayor hopes to get permission for the grounds to be enlarged. It is along side a very beautiful park and they don’t want to give up their land. Plus, what would they do with Roland Garros once the tennis open wasn’t there?


The view from my seat.


Some of the people working there wore the cutest outfits. I thought they looked like something out of the 20’s. I especially liked the shoes that the women wore.


Serena Williams serving. She won this match and is still in the Open but her sister, Venus, has been defeated. Venus was wearing a rather controversial outfit which she designed that looked sort of like a corset with a skirt and had lace. What had the photographers (male) interested was her fleshed toned tennis panties underneath which gave the illusion that nothing was there-which she said was her intent. I think there were more comments on what she was wearing than how she played.

7 thoughts to “That Red Clay”

  1. It’s so cool you get to go to the French Open and your pictures are fantastic!

    That’s an incredible shot of Serena’s skirt flaring out – the colours are brilliant.

    Cheers and enjoy the games 🙂

  2. I’m jealous. When we were in Paris, we searched for a shirt for my brother that says “Roland Garros” on it. He’s a big tennis nut and he loves knowing that Roland Garros is the French equivalent of the French Open. If you see any tshirts, buy one and I’ll pay you back!

  3. A very interesting post, Linda. Especially since my better half, the Musician, has been watching some of this on TV. I’m sure he would envy you being able to visit in person.

    I’ll have to watch the news here and find out of they mention Venus’s outfit…

    Those helpers in the white skirts and sweaters are so very stylish. Is this just a French thing?

  4. LOVE this little series. I am not a tennis fan, but I can imagine that attending a match such as this would be thrilling. I find the “uniform” of the workers most interesting – and I have to agree that it does look like an outfit from a bygone era.

  5. Well, this venue doesn’t look too crowded. I’m not a big tennis fan — playing or watching – but I do like the cute outfits of the stadium staff!

  6. Just found your blog and I am enjoying the read. Your pictures are great. Got back from Paris 3 days ago and it’s fun to revisit my favorite city with you.

  7. Another of the many joys of being in Paris-the French Open. Great shots of the event. Looks like you had great seats.

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