Countdown to the French Open Day 1

Paris? Tennis? Irresistible combination?


More irresistible than French men? Mmm. Tough one.

But we’re counting down. Just hours away now. And what could be better than Paris in the spring, and Grand Slam Tennis? The only thing I can think of is being there – rather than watching on television.

But watching I shall be, even if it is from my little spot thousands of miles away, along with millions of others looking forward to two weeks of spectacular tennis.

I’ll be glued to whatever channel I can find – live or delayed – a little brie and Brouilly at the ready, and otherwise getting my fix online from the Official French Open Site, while imagining that I’m sitting at Roland Garros, watching all the action.

This latest Grand Slam?

The favorites for the French?

Particularly after his win in Madrid over Federer, Rafael Nadal is the favorite for the Men’s, with Roger Federer expected to give him a run for his money. And for the women? Despite the dominance of Serena Williams, the experts say the field is wide open, with all eyes on Belgium’s Justine Henin.

Who else should we expect formidable play from? Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dinara Safina, and Elena Dementieva among others.

Quoi encore?

Some of us will have our eyes on spunky American Melanie Oudin, who delighted fans with her play in last year’s US Open. And as in any Grand Slam (or Grand Chelem as the French say), we can hope for thrilling surprises, fabulous play, and surely a few fireworks. So stay tuned.

Deux semaines magnifiques qui commencent tout de suite !

Springtime in Paris. Trop beau. Now if only I were hopping the Parisian métro, Ligne 9, to head to first round matches. And yes, with a little stop for a quick espresso en route, en souriant. And if you’re lucky enough to be nearby, and need to know how to get there? Quel métro pour aller à Roland Garros ? I’m sure you’ll find it.

Preview of 2010 French Open (YouTube)

© D A Wolf



  1. says

    I have never been a tennis fan, not cultured enough, I suppose. However, several years ago we were on a trip and staying in hotels. My mother-in-law was transfixed by the high drama of the sport. I was lured in by the personalities and the exceptional athleticism.

    • BigLittleWolf says

      Yes, athleticism. But for me, tennis is also about strategy, extraordinary discipline, grace, speed, mental toughness. Certain players move like power-dancers in a way. Thrilling to watch.

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