With the completion of all the building work carried out as part of the Roland-Garros stadium modernisation and the launch of night sessions, the Parisian Grand Slam is stepping into a new era in 2021.
What's new at Roland Garros French Open Paris 2021
Night sessions will be the major new feature at the forthcoming Roland-Garros tournament. From Monday 31st May to Wednesday 9th June (quarterfinals), the day’s top-billed match will be scheduled to start at 9pm on Philippe-Chatrier court.
The atmosphere is sure to be electric as the sun sets over Centre Court! For the first time, the players’ entrance will be staged as a spectacle in itself.
Transformation of Roland Garros Paris' stadium
Roland-Garros stadium’s transformation will be complete in time for the 2021 tournament, including the Mousquetaires Gardens. A vast green esplanade in the very heart of the stadium, on the site of the former Court No.1, the Mousquetaires Gardens will breathe plenty of fresh air into the stadium and provide a lovely space where spectators can relax between matches.
These gardens also pay tribute to the illustrious Mousquetaires, as Roland-Garros stadium was originally built following their victory in the 1927 Davis Cup.
The famous bronze sculptures of Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste, by Italian sculptor Vito Tongiani, will be back in Roland-Garros stadium, this time as part of a modern display in the newly-landscaped gardens.
Another addition is the new entrance, whose layout has been designed so that spectators can be welcomed in optimum conditions. It leads straight onto the Parvis de l’Aviateur. This esplanade honours Roland Garros, one of the pioneers of French aviation, and displays a statue of the famous pilot. Created by French artist Caroline Bisset, this sculpture, which is more than six metres tall, is inspired by a photo of the aviator leaning against a cockpit. It is called “The Cloud Kisser”, the nickname given to Roland Garros, a record-breaking pilot who was the first person ever to fly non-stop across the Mediterranean.
And on the Roland Garros French Open courts...
On the courts, the players will have the opportunity to test out two new competition courts, Courts 6 and 8, which are located between Philippe-Chatrier court and Suzanne-Lenglen court. Identical to the neighbouring Courts 7 and 9, these courts can welcome 1,157 and 372 spectators, respectively. The handover of these courts marks the completion of all the court renovations in the Roland-Garros stadium modernisation project, bringing the total number of courts to 18.
The new Roland Garros megastore addition
Another new addition is the megastore, which has been named LA GRANDE BOUTIQUE. It covers 1,500m2 and will allow spectators to browse all of the products created by the Roland-Garros brand and its licensees.
In terms of sport, this year’s tournament could also go down in history. If Rafael Nadal triumphs once again (his 14th title on the Parisian red clay), the Spaniard will become the first-ever player to pocket 21 Grand Slam titles (he currently has 20 titles, a record he shares with Roger Federer).