From May 16th to June 5th Paris plays host to one of the most famous and eagerly awaited sporting events of the year, as the French Open tennis tournament erupts into thrilling action! The capital’s world famous Stade Roland Garros will once again resound to the titanic clash of the giants of world tennis as they display their skills, strength and stamina. And, to make the prospect even more tempting, the Hotel Opera Lafayette is proposing a special offer; 3 nights at unbeatable rates, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the sporting action and save on your holiday budget at the same time!
For sports enthusiasts, the French Open at Roland Garros is undoubtedly the key event of the year. Much more than just a tournament, it’s a worldwide sporting event. Created in 1925, it has an international reputation for its wonderful ambience, its sense of heritage and its exceptional setting. Tennis fans who have already had an opportunity to attend will testify that the atmosphere on the courts is truly thrilling as the spectators are entranced by dynamic displays of sporting prowess by the world’s leading players. A visit to the stadium’s museum, with its fabulous collection of tennis memorabilia and archival material, is also well worth your while.
Since 1978, when the US Open abandoned clay in favour of hard courts, the French Open has been the only Grand Slam championship played on this surface. The tournament provides the climax of the clay court season as well as the second Grand Slam of the year. It is significant that many international players from countries where tennis is mostly practiced on clay, such as those in southern Europe or Latin America, consider the French Open to be the most important competition of the year. Because of its slow surface, which favours longer rallies, and the five-set men's singles matches without a tie-break in the final set, the French Open is widely regarded as the most world’s most demanding and physically challenging tennis tournament.
The Roland Garros stadium and sports complex is renowned throughout the world as the arena in which the battle for the French Open takes place. The most well-known courts are the Philippe Chatrier centre court and the Suzanne Lenglen, the stadium’s most recently built show court. These hold 15,000 and 10,000 spectators respectively. Qualifying rounds are played from May 16th to 20th and exhibition matches are fought on the 21st, with all proceeds going to charity.
Also well worth seeing are the matches of the Perrier Legends Trophy. This tournament, created on the initiative of Mansour Bahrami in 1998 and taking place from June 2nd to 7th, features the tennis greats of the past competing in an atmosphere that is both competitive and fun.
The French Open is a magnificent tournament with an electrifying atmosphere, so why not come along and enjoy an exciting experience you’ll always remember? Under the summer sun of Paris, the greatest champions from around the world will pit themselves against one another in breath-taking displays of sporting prowess! Remember to book your stay at the Hotel Opera Lafayette for the occasion. This delightful and welcoming establishment in the heart of Paris offers superb hospitality and a team who will make your comfort, pleasure and convenience their number one priority!
Hotel Opéra Lafayette, a 3* hotel in Paris between Railway station 'Gare du Nord' and Opera area