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My First Grand Slam « on: June 04, 2006, 02:13 PM »
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I went to Roland Garros yesterday. Saw my first Grand Slam and my first men's match.
We queued up after a 4 hour hour drive. We wanted to get Ground Passes (€20) and after a long day of wandering around, we were going to get tickets for the night session, which means you can get on Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen.
While we were in the line, a couple of stewards came up to the line and told everyone the Groundpasses and the tickets for the centercourts were sold out. Everybody went away but we decided to stay in the line anyway. Turns out, they had enough tickets left. Dirty liars!
So, we got the Ground Passes and went to queue to see Olivier Rochus. We were so depressed, when you go to RG, don't expect to see more than 1 match. We had to wait for 2 hours or something to get on the Rochus court in the heat of Paris. When we finally got on the court, it was great. Wherever you're seated, you have a great view.
After the Rochus - Martin match, which Rochus lost, we went to queue up for tickets for the center courts. We got tickets for €7 in Suzanne Lenglen and we could sit anywhere we wanted too. We had the most amazing seats, the view was fantastic. We saw Ivan Ljubicic - Juan Monaco and since yesterday, I've become a huge fan of Monaco. It's the cutiest guy ever. But aside from that, his backhand and forehand are the most beautiful strokes you've ever seen. He does this great thing with a little loop in his backhand and it's fantastic. If you see him on television, watch him, you won't regret it. His strokes are the most beautiful ever, believe me.
Around half past nine they had to stop the match because it was getting dark. They ended it in a fifth set where Monaco was losing. The guy's a natural talent, you'll hear from him. I hope he beats Ljubicic. They are going to continue the match about now, after Sharapova - Safina.

So afterall, the had a good day. It was stressfull, but I have some advice for the ones who want to go to RG some day.

- Take a good map
- Never believe them when they say the tickets are sold out
- Get tickets of €1 for the evening sessions because you can sit wherever you'd like
- Don't take cans into the park, it's not allowed
- Be prepared for some stuck-up stinky French people
- Paris is huge so don't expect not to get lost

That was my advice. I had a lot of fun and love Monaco for now. I'm disappointed Olivier lost, but next time better, I hope.
If I forgot about something, I'll add it. But I think everything was said. We left our home around half past 6 and arrived around 11. We left Paris around 23 (left RG around 22) and arrived home at 4 in the morning.
Paris is huge and dirty and the people are stuck-up and I hate them, they are not friendly at all. That's for the stewards, the people who live there are alright.

Thanks for listening. I'm adding some pics now.


I worked long and hard to get these on here, please enjoy them Wink
Monaco = blue/white (so pretty)
Ljubicic = yellow/black/white
Martin = blue/black
Rochus = white


































































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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #1 on: June 04, 2006, 02:39 PM »
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wow dana!! looks fab - ur so lucky! x(",)x
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #2 on: June 04, 2006, 02:46 PM »
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She is indeed SOOOO lucky. yahooo

I've always wanted to go to Roland Garros.  wub It sounds SOO good, and i wonder if it's similar to Wimbledon.
Must say, although you had good seats, it looks like you had an amazing view.. Wimbledon lacks that.  Think And I'm really suprised at the ticket prices - in comparison it's really cheap.

Nice to hear that you were able to watch Ollie. Very Happy Shame it wasn't Andy or Gasquet but there's always a next time! Wink

And Safina just beat Sharapova...  shocking Or is it my imagination?

7-5 2-6 7-5  =D> Sharapova lead 5-1 in the final set.  shocking

Well done Dinara! clapping
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #3 on: June 04, 2006, 02:50 PM »
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Nope, Sharapova did get beaten.

Nice pics dentie! Very Happy

Soiunds like fun! Wink
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #4 on: June 04, 2006, 02:53 PM »
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very good pics.
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #5 on: June 04, 2006, 03:32 PM »
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Love the way you wrote about your experience. Smile

Thanks a lot for sharing the pics with us. hug
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #6 on: June 04, 2006, 05:16 PM »
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Glad you had a good time in the end lol! Looks like a great place.... I'll have to go myself one of these years!

Nice pics too  =D>

And Safina just beat Sharapova...  shocking Or is it my imagination?

7-5 2-6 7-5  =D> Sharapova lead 5-1 in the final set.  shocking

Well done Dinara! clapping

Yep, what a great come-back!!! and what an amazing match! This and Nadal yesterday are the two matches of the tournament.
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #7 on: June 04, 2006, 05:32 PM »
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wow dana, sounds amazing!!
im so glad u had a good time
and what great photos to share with us  hug

i would love to go to roland garros, maybe next year actually, should be finished my degree by that point....would absolutely love it
ive always wanted to go to paris, ive been through it, but havent ever stayed Crying or Very sad

Ive come across alot of really nice french people, but alot of people say that parisians can be really stuck up!
i guess u get that in a lot of main cities, belfast is generally quite friendly....at the right time of year...  Whistle

ive never been to a grandslam either, but we're goin to wimbledon this year, if we get in, camping for days  shocking
im sure it was so much more amazing in real life, was it a great atmosphere?

ahhh i hope that i dont end up seeign a henman match, ill get lynched if i support a different player.....which i most certainly would  Wink
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #8 on: June 04, 2006, 05:44 PM »
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Wow Dana, great photos!!!
Sounds like you had a good time, but wow, you had to queue up for 2 hours to see Ollie's match !?! How come?
And it sounds like everyone was really unfriendly? That's a pity, when I went last year most people were alright; One steward let us into court Suzanne Lenglen, even though we didn't have tickets!
Anyway, I tried to see if I could find you in the crowd in Rochus' match, but there were too many people I think! Well, I hope you enjoyed your day even if there were some hiccouphs!
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #9 on: June 04, 2006, 06:51 PM »
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Thank you all hug

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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #10 on: June 04, 2006, 06:52 PM »
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Love the way you wrote about your experience. Smile

Thanks a lot for sharing the pics with us. hug

Thanks hug I write with passion, lol.
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #11 on: June 04, 2006, 06:53 PM »
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i would love to go to roland garros, maybe next year actually, should be finished my degree by that point....would absolutely love it
ive always wanted to go to paris, ive been through it, but havent ever stayed Crying or Very sad

im sure it was so much more amazing in real life, was it a great atmosphere?

I hope you can go hug

The atmosphere was amazing, so many Belgians during the Rochus match.
But the French even clap for a double fault, that's just mean. The atmosphere can be good for the player the crowd supports, it's not nice being the underdog there.
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #12 on: June 04, 2006, 07:00 PM »
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Sounds like you had a good time, but wow, you had to queue up for 2 hours to see Ollie's match !?! How come?

And it sounds like everyone was really unfriendly?

Anyway, I tried to see if I could find you in the crowd in Rochus' match, but there were too many people I think! Well, I hope you enjoyed your day even if there were some hiccouphs!

They would only let as many people in the court as people stood up from there places. Only after the first set, a couple of them went away and the people in front of us got the places so we had to wait another set. We were do desperate, at the moment I had the "I'm never going back again" feeling. But we did get in after a lot of pushing.

Most of the stewards were totally stuck-up. We wanted to know where our car was parked and we asked one friendly and he just said: I'm not working anymore. We yelled: you're not friendly and he answered that we weren't either. It was cool though, there were free little buses of 8 people that brought you from your car to Roland Garros, that was so cool. But since the Monaco match lasted that long, we didn't catch the last bus. So we only rode in it once.

Cool Smile I hope I wasn't filmed, during the Rochus match, we were on the last stand of the court, but the view was still great as the court is so small (Nr 7).

Thanks, I did enjoy hug I was the only one who was in a good mood the whole day long.
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #13 on: June 04, 2006, 07:01 PM »
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She is indeed SOOOO lucky. yahooo

I am lucky, but I can assure you, Roland Garros is by far not as fabulous at it seems. The organisation blows Whistle And it sucks too Wink
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Re: My First Grand Slam « Reply #14 on: June 04, 2006, 07:03 PM »
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just thought id leave something so it wasnt just u posting - lalalal lol! x(",)x
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