UNFORGETTABLE: French Open 2021 Unveils the Iconic Heritage of Roland Garros

Published 05/25/2021, 2:46 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 01: The Roland Garros logo is seen outside the VIP village on day nine of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


French Open is one of the oldest tournaments in tennis history. Originally reserved for French tennis club members in the early 1900s, the tournament soon joined its counterparts in Wimbledon, Australian Open, and US Open in becoming a Grand Slam in 1925. Yet like other Slams, it has carved out its own history and prominence. Recently French Open 2021 showcased its Roland Garros history as the tournament moved towards its 125th edition.

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The resemblance from the early French Open

A general view inside Court Philippe Chatrier. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The video showcased the transition the tournament has had. From the gates of the Stade Roland Garros to the stands and counters near stadiums. The video acted as a time capsule showcasing how much the Grand Slam has changed and has kept its traditions as well.

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There are striking similarities from the French Open of yesteryears to the present ones. The information center is almost the same. There are hundreds of tennis fans walking outside the stadiums. There is only one change that is the stadiums have grown bigger and now the Court Philippe Chatrier features a roof as well. Roland Garros also has its distinctive Panama hats that have been present at the tournament for years.

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The many champions of Roland Garros

Moreover, any tournament is empty without its champions. Roland Garros has had some brilliant players fight for The ‘Musketeers’ Trophy’ and the ‘Suzanne-Lenglen Cup’. The video was beautifully edited in where they first showed Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the net and their faces were quickly edited out with that of tennis legends Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. The video also featured shots of Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Ashleigh Barty, etc.

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Moreover, French Open 2021 showcased the heritage of the Grand Slam. The narrator called the players ‘knights fighting for the crown’. It goes very well with the physical nature of Roland Garros. The tournament is regarded as the most demanding tournament on the calendar. Every player has to toil extra hard to win because of the surface.

Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their men’s singles semi-final match. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In the video, French Open 2021 went forward with the tagline, ‘some stories are unforgettable’. And celebrated the rich history of Roland Garros that has been possible because of the fans, players, and every small fraction of the workforce needed for the tournament.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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