French Open

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At Roland Garros
So today I went to the French open 
(Tennis for all you out there not
in the know), It was easy to find.
Walking from the metro station to
the main stadium took about a 5-10
minute walk and I must have been
asked 50 times or so if I would
sell my ticket. The gates opened
at 10am and I went straight to the
shop to get my stuff so I wouldn’t
forget later. It was very hot and
sunny at this time so I also had to
buy a hat because I didn’t think to
bring one.

My first tennis match took place on the Philippe-Chatrier stadium which
is in rectangular shape, my seat was quite high up but I had a good view
anyway. I watched Hewitt take on Guadio in a 3 hour something match.
Typical Hewitt form he started off very sluggishly and Guadio took the
first 2 sets quite easily.
me at Phillipe Chartier stadium
The 3rd set however Guadio started
getting a lot of foot faults (when
foot touches the baseline during a
serve) which made him loose his temper
and start playing poor. Hewitt ended
up winning in 5 sets, 4-6 3-6 6-2 6-4
6-2 and was a good match.

Serena Williams was up next and since
I don’t like Williams I decided to get
some food, ended up getting some
chicken thing with some wedges type
potatoes.

Nearby to the food was Show court
number 7 and I went and sat in there.
I had a front row seat and was literally 1 meter away from Shahar Peer’s
chair. She had quite a few male supporters that were continuously calling
out to her, she as playing a Hungarian player called Edina Gallovits
(never heard of her). I enjoyed this match more because I was so close to
the action.
Hewitt serve
Peer won very easily 6-4 6-1.

After she had won I didn’t like the
players coming up next so I went for
a wonder and ended up walking past
court 1 (you need a ticket to watch
this court). I saw someone exit the
stadium and asked if we could swap
tickets, I gave him my chatrier
ticket an I got his court 1 ticket.
I was very pleased with this as his
seat was row 2 and the upcoming match
was cool. Anna Chakvetadze from Russia
vs Agnes Szavay from no idea :P

I also enjoyed this match until at
6-4 4-4 (with Anna winning it started to rain.

They played one more game with Anna winning it and then the umpire said
enough and cancelled play. It got very windy and wet and my cheapo umbrella
I bought on Monday decided to break in the wind. Knowing that I had a long
trip home I bought myself an official umbrella that cost me 60 euros ($100).

I really enjoyed the French open with its interesting playing surface that
is repaired every set using rakes and brooms.

I met some nice Americans on the train back to the hotel that only managed
to see 10 minutes before the rain started falling.

It was a good day.
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At Roland Garros
At Roland Garros
me at Phillipe Chartier stadium
me at Phillipe Chartier stadium
Hewitt serve
Hewitt serve
flags at Phillipe Chartier
flags at Phillipe Chartier
Maintenance
Maintenance
Hewitt ground stroke
Hewitt ground stroke
score
score
Gaudio taking a hit
Gaudio taking a hit
ground below chartier
ground below chartier
Court 1
Court 1
Serena Williams
Serena Williams
good seat
good seat
Sharar Peer serve
Sharar Peer serve
raking the court
raking the court
Peer serve
Peer serve
me at court 1
me at court 1
court 1
court 1
seats on court 1
seats on court 1
Anna Chakvetadze
Anna Chakvetadze
rain delay :(
rain delay :(
Paris
photo by: Sweetski