I Love Paris In The Summer When It Sizzles (Roland Garros 2015)

Two weeks ago the chilly spring air greeted the first day of Roland Garros 2015.

As the first ball was struck by Simona Halep on court Phillipe-Chatrier, the weak Parisian sunshine gave the sparse Sunday morning crowd a gentle warmth through their scarves and jackets 

  
This tournament straddles the seasons in Paris and via a cold gloomy wet Sunday, we arrived at full blown summer and 28 degrees on women’s semi final Thursday 

Sunday Soaking

Men’s semi final Friday was even hotter 30 degrees plus as local hero Jo-Wilfred Tsonga broke French hearts with a heart wrenching defeat to Stan Wawrinka

Murray v Djokovic followed as the sun beat down,  an epic battle stopped by the huge storm that engulfed Paris and postponed overnight.

   
  

Le Tempest Arrives at Roland Garros

 

They both came back the following day producing some amazing tennis before Djokovic became untouchable in the fifth set

They finished just in time for the scheduled Women’s final between Lucie Safarova and Serena Williams to take place with Williams winning 6-3 6-7 6-2

 

Serena Celebrates Her Win In The Final


The final Sunday dawned to bright blue skies over the French capital

The coffee and croissants quickly turned to to a light lunch and a glass of Merlot, before the climax of the tournament , the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Stan Warwrinka 

 

The Mens Final 2015


And what a final it was. Both players produced stellar tennis continually producing shots that defied gravity, Physics and  human possibility 

The title evaded Novak once again and Stan proved that he was the man

  
So as the crowd spill out of Court Phillipe Chatrier  the images of the tournament , the coffees, and the copies of L’equipe will now disappear for another year as the summer turns the red clay to green grass.

The Bois du boulogne is now in full bloom until the chill spring air returns in 2016 and it all starts all over again at Roland Garros.

  

Essential Breakfast Reading

 

9 Titles Still The King of Clay

          

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