|Clay is beautiful|
Mobile phone charger stations - brilliant idea, but I reckon they should be set on a 15 or 20 minute time limit else you get people standing there charging forever. They actually had three stations but I only knew of the main one by the big screen until the very end of my two days. Great idea tho and I took advantage (and nearly had my phone broken but a superbly important French teen who had his phone hooked up on the two-inch cord and still needed to have a conversation. He knocked my phone off the charger and a metre to the ground. I wanted to pull his hair)
Tidy bathrooms without long queues. My fave bathroom had an attendant with a tip jar and it was lovely. No portaloos or toilets in a trailer in Paris....and very short queues. It was fab.
The food - lovely baguettes, very good coffee and loved the donuts to start my day. The sushi was crazy expensive so never partook in that but overall I thought the food was decent. I got too lazy to bring much in this time other than fruit but as far as I'm aware you can bring in what you like
The clay - I have yet to see live grass tennis (give me another week and that will be a different story) but wow there is something special about seeing that beautiful orange clay in person. It's just stunning.
The less than good:
|Nearly dark...time to go home!|
On the water bottle front, on the second day I was not allowed to bring in my metal water bottle which I had brought in on my first day. I did throw a small tantrum about this as it screamed absurdity to me. I don't know what the logic was but it's ridiculous that the tourney would be so environmentally unfriendly. I literally had to check in my bottle and pick it up at the end of the day. I'd have had more satisfaction throwing it at my bag check person.
Lack of lights - a real problem for the French Open is a lack of lights. It's not just a bummer for the fans, but also the players as well. I think either start earlier (no reason IMO to start at 2pm during QF) or add some lights at least to the main two stadiums. I'm not saying I didn't get my money's worth on Suzanne Lenglen b/w the Fognini/Montanes and JJ/Fran matches and part of Ferrer/Monfils, but one reason I bought the SL ticket was to see Sveta/Dani and because of the length of other matches (and no chance of a late match) it got moved to another court.
|Just try and read me you silly American|
Lack of any English on the programmes. I was really disappointed that the official programme and daily newspapers were all in French. Yes, I know we're in France, but this is still an international event and I was bummed to not have a programme I could read. I have a programme from every tourney I've ever attended and I cherish them. Yes, I could have spent 11 Euros on a programme I couldn't read but didn't see the point. Couldn't they do one with two languages, like airlines do?
Much more to say, but that's it for now - anything you're curious about just shoot!