The ususal suspects have been taking care of business. One by one they continue their march into the thinner air…as the prestigious guest list of the second week party gets determined like a chic party in the upper east side. Roland Garros is jammed packed, everywhere you go there’s people on top of people. You go to a food stand, packed, a souvenir stand, packed, a “remote” practice court packed, the box office, the restrooms….it’s just packed. “Plein comme un oeuf” as the French say. The Tournament Directors have been drueling, conniving for years now on how to expand into the lush green woods of the neighboring Bois de Bologne situated just next door as this tournament over the past 15 years has grown too big for it’s shoe. It really is a problem as the tournament tries to strike a balance between having a Sport which is as they say “Reserve Pour Tous” (Reserved for everyone) a bit of a play of words, while maintaining something still that remains exclusive to the top paying corporate sponsors. It’s perhaps the most international of the four slams as it sits squarely at the heart of Europe, and equal distance from many of the world’s population centers. In any event, I digress. Today saw a quick end to the dreams of the French Public to see a modern version of a yanick noah holding up the Coupe de Mousquataires…… French Player Josselin Ouanna, who I like to call Obama, cause it’s easier for me to remember, gave the local crowd a hero to encourage and cheer on…He should incredible grit hanging in to outduel Safin in the 2nd round only to be beaten soundly by Chilean strongman Fernando Gonzalez in straigh sets..
Michael Bernstein is president of Championship Tennis Tours. He may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tennistours.com.
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