All week we have been asking for your first memories of Roland-Garros. Check out some of our favourite responses - and add yours in the comments section!
#RGmemories: Your first encounters
For the past week, the Roland-Garros web teams have been asking for your first memories of the French Open - the moment you first encountered this jewel of clay. Weve shared those of the English web team, the French web team and our social media team, and now, we share our favourite responses.
If you would like to add yours, please do so in the comments section below or on Twitter with the hashtag #RGmemories. For all those who responded and for those who decide to share your memories now, thank you - it's been a welcome trip down memory lane.
"My first memory was watching Bjorn Borg winning the final of 1978," wrote Carl Groves. "I was used to watching him win at Wimbledon of course but this Roland Garros clay was something else - 'Chess on a Tennis Court' I thought! I was hooked after that and Rafael Nadal's performances only enhanced my view that Roland Garros is the undeclared world championships of tennis - and that is saying something from someone born in Wimbledon!"
Kahlan Shepard (@KahlanShepard) recalled one of the all-time great finals weekends at Roland-Garros: "It has to be the year 1983, with victories for Yannick Noah and Chrissie Evert - she made me love tennis."
For Eric (@Aufty75), a 'small-town Kansas guy in LA' one shining moment from Germany's golden girl stands out: "Graf's 1988 final over Zvereva on the way to the Grand Slam."
"My favorite memory of Roland-Garros was getting to be a ball girl there in 1992," wrote Alison Becomfy in one of our favourite anecdotes. "It was the year that Monica Seles beat Steffi Graf in the finals. I was so excited to be with one of the ball girls up at the net getting to do that final. When I would be assigned to Court 1, my Dad would come cheer loudly to let me know that he was in the crowd. And my favorite moment was getting to see Jennifer Capriati warm up in the early morning before Roland-Garros was even open and she gave me her autograph. Since I spoke English, I was always the ball girl that got to ask the players what they wanted to drink or help translate for them with the other ball kids."
Ijaz Ahmed (@mcjazzzy) went back even further, to when the 22-time Grand Slam champion won her first: "1987, when a 17-year-old Steffi Graf beat Martina Navratilova - and then as they say rest is history."
Manan Dave (@Manan_Hi) loves a bit of drama on the Parisian clay: "Epic battles of Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Sanchez, Becker, Chang, Lendl, Sampras & All Big Upsets!!!"
Eduardo Fernandes (@idasbiste) remembers a comeback for the ages: "Andre Agassi vs Andriy Medvedev, 1999 Men's Final!"
Abish (@abishancy) recalled an action-packed five-setter: "Gael Monfils' first semifinal as a youngster against Roger Federer."
And another unforgettable moment from Florie Lhuillier (@Flow_Rec): "Gustavo Kuerten drawing a heart in the clay court with his racquet - my favorite player ever."
As for Dave Scott (@CoachDave37) - this of all years, we feel your pain...
Of all the memories we received via Twitter, however, this was our favourite, from @iamemush:
“It was the Kids Day coz I couldn’t afford the regular matches. I was very excited and cried out of joy when I was lining up to get in for the very first time at the Roland-Garros Stadium. The Best Time of my life! My most memorable year. And I met my Idols for more than 10 years! Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal! It was awesome! And they even signed my RG Ball.”