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    June 20, 2013


    We were able to go to the French Open a few weekends ago and got so lucky because it was the first really nice day in Paris since we arrived.  It had rained almost everyday (at some point during the day) the week prior and I was a little worried that we wouldn’t get to see any matches or have to sit around in puddles of rain.

    Like I said last year, Dusty and I are both novices when it comes to tennis but what we love is going to cheer the athletes on, especially the American and French players as well as be a part of the excitement surrounding the event.

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    My favorite match to watch this year (and last year) was the Bryan brothers (see them above).  They’re ranked number 1 in the world for men’s doubles and really put on a great show.  They not only won the match but ended up winning the French Open men’s doubles.  We also got to see them play in 2010 in Omaha when they were on tour and probably another reason I’m such a fan.

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  • The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is one of the major international tennis matches.  It’s held in Paris for two weeks at the end of May and beginning of June each year.  The stadium where the tournament is hosted is also called Roland Garros and is located in the southwest part of Paris.  I’m a novice to tennis, although I was on the tennis team in high school for one short season.  I’m pretty sure that I didn’t even know how to play tennis before I joined.  Dusty and I were lucky enough to get tickets from a friend of Dusty’s who works for ESPN and attend a few weekends ago.


    I don’t think I realized how lucky we were until that evening when we were out for drinks and we started talking to some gentlemen from Czech Republic who were trying to figure out how to get tickets.

    It was super easy to get to Roland Garros using the Metro.  The gates opened at 10am and matches started at 11am.  We arrived early enough that we could get our bearings and figure out which courts we needed to be at and when.


    I think just as much fun as watching the star athletes is watching the “ball boys” and yes, there were girls too. You can tell this must be a huge honor for the kids and they take their jobs very seriously.  There’s lots of unspoken communication between them to make sure the balls stay off the court and in the right place.  My other favorite part of the event was people watching.