Friday/ lots of French Open

I basically turned off Twitter and the TV this week, and just watched French Open tennis on the Tennis Channel (it’s a subscription streaming service).

A bird’s eye view of Stade Roland Garros in the 16th arrondissement in ‎Paris. Completed in 1928, it was named after WWI aviator and war hero Roland Garros (he was not a tennis player). The main stadium on the right, Court Philippe Chatrier, can accommodate 15,000 spectators. Chatrier (1928- 2000) was a French tennis player and tennis administrator.
This is an iconic picture of the incomparable French player Suzanne Lenglen, whom the other main tennis court and stadium at Roland Garros is named after.
Her feet rarely seemed to touch the ground when she played. Her tennis career was interrupted by World War I, but it is said that by the end of the 1920’s ‘La Divine’ Lenglen was more famous, and more popular, than any other athlete in Europe— or for that matter any movie star, singer or politician.
The photographer did a remarkable job to capture Lenglen in action. That must be another photographer on the far side, with a contraption of a camera!
[Photo: Getty Images Archive]

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