I got there around 11:30. I went straight to where they sell tickets and there a guy I had already seen somewhere before offers me to sell me Cat1 tickets he had for a friend who won’t come. He even offers to sell them at a lower price. “I had them for free. I’m a linesman..” “Oh I knew I had seen you before!” “Where?” “Roland Garros! Duh!”. But I had not enough cash with me so I bought regular tickets with my credit card… in Cat4!
The 1st thing I see once I get in is Almagro (aka THE PUNK) on one of those screens outside the stadium for people who are waiting for the next changeover to go to their seats. Ewww! I go around the stadium to see the shops etc. I notice there will be autograph sessions. One with Davydenko (at 3pm), one with Djokovic (at 4pm), one with Nieminen and one with Tursunov (they don’t know when these 2 will take place yet). I then go to take my seat and I watch the Almagro-Bjorkman
match til they open the access to the Court 1. Almagro gets an injury time out for a problem with his Achilles tendon.
Almagro argued with the umpire (Pascal Maria) after a challenge and of course he was booed!
At mid match it was time to head to the Court 1. I pass by the autograph session desk, the Blog King should be there around 4:30pm. “Cool, right after Nole!”, I think. I want to go seat behind the baseline, on the side where the players enter the court, next to the players box, my favourite place to seat on this court. But the security guy tells me I need a badge to go there. “Are you sure? Last year I could sit there with a regular ticket….” “Ok, you can go…” “Merci!”.
There were only 3 people sitting on this side (plus ballkids in the players box that is separated with a fence). A couple is sitting in the middle and a guy is sitting in the front row. I sit near the guy, leaving one empty seat between us. By the time I take my seat, Tipsarevic
and Olivier Rochus
are already on the court. I notice Berdych
’s coach in the players’ box. A few minutes later he’s joined by Tomas himself. After a quick look at the draw I had printed, I realise the winner of this match will meet the title holder in the second round. Later in the match Christophe Rochus
will come to watch his brother and Nenad Zimonjic
will come to see his compatriot.
The ball in his pocket was showing out of his shorts from time to time.
The guy who’s now sitting next to me (I had to move because more people came) keeps cheering/swearing/talking with Janko in Serbian. After a closer look at his badge it says “Tipsarevic Veljko; Tipsarevic coach”. Ok, it’s his brother! This explains many things!
After smashing his racket about one million times, Janko loses in straight sets.
(sorry for the crap quality of the pics, I had to downsize them to upload them )