RGDay 2019 : Inauguration du nouveau Roland Garros

The 2019 year marks a remarkable turning point for the French Tennis Federation (FFT). The 21 last March, new spaces of assembly and play were inaugurated at the Roland Garros Stadium, notably the remarkable court Simonne-Mathieu, designed by the architectural firm Marc Mimram. A discovery made during a day of amazing visit during which the writing was able to "test the ground" of these new achievements.

To satisfy a growing number of spectators, the French Tennis Federation opens new perspectives, Muuuz had already made the state last June . Broadcast in more than 200 countries, the Rolland Garros tournament - accessible from 2018 on an online OTT digital platform - is a highlight in the evolution of the stadium's work during the RG Day 2019.

This new year marks important changes for the tennis community. The RG Day 2019 presents the new spaces of Roland Garros, which host a new court and an extension of the Phillipe-Chatrier court.
The morning begins with a speech by Bernard Giudicelli, president of the FFT, in the Orangery. He presents the new short Simonne-Mathieu, named in tribute to the champion who fought alongside General de Gaulle, a symbol of perseverance and courage.
This short of 5 000 places inaugurated at the end of the presentations, marries the antiquity of the buildings adjacent to the novelty of the stadium programs. The set of 2 400 prefabricated concrete square meters contains a real plant ecosystem. Designed by architect Marc Mimram, it takes the transparency and brightness of the architecture of the Orangery overlooking it, to surround it with greenery thanks to its two lateral greenhouses. These additions evoke, with essences coming from the four continents, the diversity of cultures, the exchange and the good understanding that characterize the tournaments.


The discreet elegance of the new construction is accompanied by an intervention of the design and architecture agency W, which decorates the building of assizes and a signage in the colors of the clay, by placing objects totems - directional mats -, and connected objects, such as wifi terminals at the entrance of the court.

Blue, White, Earth form the identity of the Roland Garros brand. If the first two colors are attested by the light, the transparency and the comfort related to the architecture, the ocher color becomes the central theme of the Rolland Garros 2019 poster, realized by the Madrilenian artist José Maria Sicilia (born in 1954). A work that translates the sounds of the tennis match experience into an intense visual language, thanks to a work of synesthesia.

These interventions introduce the opening and the modernization of an already iconic place, allowing a better ambulation, and a stronger appropriation of the spaces constituted like a real village around the stadium.

An obvious translation of French elegance and its openness to the world.

To learn more, visit the site of FFT and Rolland Garros

Photographs: 1) Christophe Guibbaud, FFT
2) José Maria Sicilia - Lelong & Co Gallery / FFT 2019

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