Monday, May 25, 2015


So soon the French Open is upon us! Play on clay, explore the City of Lights, be happy, and as they say, 'You are only as good as your second serve...' Mais, oui!

The Official Site of the French Open 2015
Our favorite cast of tennis characters are here, we get to know them so well anymore thanks to social media and the all encompassing natural personality of the tennis player to be an extrovert. Who knew years ago we could know what is in Novak Djokovic's kitchen, to see Roger Federer signing multiple autographs ( even an errant fan jumping on the Roland Garros court the other day attempting a 'selfie' with the Greatest of All Time), to see Rafa Nadal soaking in the Mediterranean sun on a speed boat after a Grand Slam win? 

The possibilities are endless in this Information Age, and as global citizens we are blessed to truly partake in the opportunity of a lifetime. What would take years to acquire certain knowledge before the advent of the home computer, now only takes a few clicks of a button to find out what we need to know.

What does that have to do about tennis, you ask? With certain skills studied and questions answered, you can now implement them much more readily.  Yes, at the competitive levels it is best to have a coach that will keep you on track. All the top players have coaches, and Rafa still has his uncle, keeps it all in the family!  

What will we see at this year's French Open? Lots of French players, that is for sure.  Gael Monfils is a powerhouse, the crowd adores his guts and grit on the court, and his humor that endears us all. Another favorite is Gasquet, he hangs in there in the match to get the job done, and withstands a five set match, right when you think he is running out of gas he turns up the heat and converts a win for himself and his team.

The women's players have the same roster as usual, I am at a loss to have any one player stand out, but have learned that Agnieszka Radwanska who plays so well is slipping in the ranks from a high of world number 2 to now number 14.  That is a tough downward spiral to turn around, but wins and losses happen, something right now is awry for her and if she can turn her playing around she can get back in the game. Such is tennis, this sport has its vagaries, player levels are not etched in stone as much as we think. Radwanska has been beaten in the first round by world number 83, Annika Beck.

Here is a great photo of the Eiffel Tower with the all knowing tennis ball, so French!

photo courtesy of Francois Mori

2015 French Open TV Schedule for the United States
courtesy of Tennis Tours~

Ok Tennis fans...for those of you that aren't joining us in Paris to see it live, here's the
French Open TV Schedule. Next year, make it a point of putting Roland Garros on your list of tournaments to hit.

NBC, ESPN and Tennis Channel share the coverage, which begins at 5 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 24th.
The live schedule (all times Eastern; * indicated tape-delayed in Mountain and Pacific time zones):

Sunday, May 24
5 a.m.-10 a.m.: First round, ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: First round, Tennis Channel
1-3:30 p.m.: First round, NBC

Monday, May 25
5 a.m.-10 a.m.: First round, ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: First round, Tennis Channel
Noon-3 p.m.:* First round, NBC

Tuesday, May 26
5 a.m.-10 a.m.: First round, ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: First round, Tennis Channel

Wednesday, May 27
5 a.m.-10 a.m.: Second round, ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Second round, Tennis Channel

Thursday, May 28
5 a.m.-10 a.m.: Second round, ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Second round, Tennis Channel

Friday, May 29
5 a.m.-10 a.m.: Third round, ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Third round, Tennis Channel

Saturday, May 30
5 a.m.-noon: Third round, Tennis Channel
Noon-3 p.m.: Third round, NBC

Sunday, May 31
5 a.m.-1 p.m.: Fourth round, Tennis Channel
Noon-3 p.m.: Fourth round, NBC

Monday, June 1
5 a.m.-10 a.m.: Fourth round, ESPN2
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Fourth round, Tennis Channel

Tuesday, June 2
8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Quarterfinals, Tennis Channel
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Quarterfinals, ESPN2

Wednesday, June 3
8 a.m.-1 p.m.: Quarterfinals, ESPN2

Thursday, June 4
6 a.m.-9 a.m.: Mixed doubles final, Tennis Channel
9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Women’s semifinals, ESPN2
11 a.m.-2 p.m.:* Women’s semifinals, NBC

Friday, June 5
7 a.m.-11 a.m.: Men’s semifinals, Tennis Channel
11 a.m.-2 p.m.:* Men’s semifinals, NBC

Saturday, June 6
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Women’s final, NBC

Sunday, June 7
9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Men’s final, NBC
 Source: Tennis Tours

Let the games begin!! Vive la France!

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