Roland Garros & Gordon Bennett – Really…

Ferment / 28th May, 2019

All in one day – flights from Luton to Charles du Gaulle then train journeys across Paris but all achieved and we stayed until late.
Suzanne Lenglen court was our host for the day- despite the cold weather.
Not the most comfortable of arenas to sit and watch but we loved the red clay.
Also enjoyed the unexpected signage to the Stade & Avenue Gordon Bennett on the way out  – which of course carries a reference of incredulity for English people. Although I understand this landmark refers to the father not the son, the latter must have championed the idea and of course elevated the Gordon Bennett fame and phrase to higher altitudes.    28th May 2019
* Finally written up October 2023
Matches on Court Suzanne Lenglen (Grandstand)
Event Winner Loser Score
Men’s Singles 1st Round Argentina Juan Martín del Potro [8] Chile Nicolás Jarry 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 6–4
Women’s Singles 1st Round France Caroline Garcia [24] Germany Mona Barthel 6−2, 6−4
Men’s Singles 1st Round France Lucas Pouille [22] Italy Simone Bolelli [Q] 6−3, 6−4, 7−5
Women’s Singles 1st Round United States Madison Keys [14] Russia Evgeniya Rodina 6−1, 6−2

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