Saturday, May 25, 2013


Welcome to the French Open 2013 at Roland Garros, just outside of Paris! 

Logo source: Roland Garros
This slam begins the triumvirate of the spring/summer tennis season- first the French Open on clay, then Wimbledon on grass, then the US Open on hard court.  To win all three slams in a row is a feat indeed, quite similar to the equestrian Triple Crown. And, we must not forget the fourth major, the Australian Open on hard court, held every winter in January. 

Who are the men's and women's hopefuls this season?

First of all, click here for television coverage in the US beginning Sunday May 26th on ESPN2 at 5:00 AM EST. The matches follow through June 9th with the final men's match aired live on Sunday June 9th at 9:00 AM NBC network.

A favorite sports site is Bleacher Report, click here for French Open 2013 Predictions!

So, the Open hopefuls for this season~

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25 May 2013
Maria, Rafael, Serena, Roger 
Look how slim they look! I really think the game of tennis creates the best of the physical attributes of men and women.  Plus, today's nutrition and fitness knowledge is the best offered at any point in history, and see the results!!

Sunday update~ i) Serena now has 25 consecutive match wins! Wins round 1 at 6-0, 6-1. Wow, what a player!  She makes winning look so easy, the sign of a true champion.

ii) Roger~ wears the violet headband, won most votes on his new Twitter account @rogerfederer ! There are multiple accounts, some 'official' some not, so I would tune in to this current handle :)

Other great hopefuls, and equally as important~

Ana Ivanovic
a gorgeous fit tennis beauty
2008 French Open Champion

Sunday update~ Ana wins her Round 1 match in 3 sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. A solid win for her 2013 debut. Said to have the 'best of all' women's baseline forehand.

Maria's boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov, ranked 28 from 95 last year, as compared to Roger Moore in the good looks department~

source: Reuters
CLICK the picture for entire article from The Telegraph.

Li Na, wow! What a solid player for her homeland China~

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CLICK Li Na's picture for predictions and tournament preview, from Bleacher Report.

Andy Murray, you are such a fighter, we will look for you at Wimbledon, hope your back improves and we will miss you this round!

Victoria Azarenka, you never give up, best of luck!

source: Getty Images
CLICK Victoria's picture for more predictions and tournament preview of ALL the players!!

AND, Novak Djokovic, we love you!! Happy Birthday arriving at RG on May 22nd!!

source : FaceBook
from Novak: Today has been an incredible day :) I arrived to Paris with my team, and just finished my 1st practice on Philippe Chatrier stadium. I feel very good on court and I am excited to be back on the Roland Garros. The best part is that I am feeling really happy and enthusiastic, especially because I have received so many unexpected surprises from my fans! You have made this day a great day! Thanks for your messages, tweets, videos, pictures and everything you have done to make me smile in this day... BTW thanks to the Roland Garros for this delicious cake and a warm welcoming ;)

The excitement before a performance and competition is like no other.  All is possible, all is expected.  And our tennis players are the best in the world, so strong, so competitive, and such complete people.  Congratulations, champions!

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A warm welcome to all at Roland Garros, onward French Open 2013!!!

For the Women's Final play by play on June 8th, check out post FRENCH OPEN 2013 WOMEN'S FINAL.

For the Men's Final play by play on June 9th, check out post FRENCH OPEN 2013 MEN'S FINAL.

For the FASHIONS?  Check out NIKE FRENCH OPEN 2013 !!

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