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"Roland-Garros in the city" at Beijing and Seoul

By Guillaume Willecoq   on   Thursday 30 June 2016
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"If you can’t go to Roland-Garros, Roland-Garros will come to you…” And while 455,621 attended the tournament in 2016, the "Roland-Garros in the city" event enabled almost 60,000 more in China and South Korea (36,222 in the former, 22,952 in the latter) to get a taste of the Roland-Garros experience courtesy of the "home away from home" stadiums at The Place shopping mall in Beijing and at the Seoul Plaza.

A clay court just like at Roland-Garros, but at the heart of the Chinese and South Korean capitals...

... mini-courts with tennis coaches to introduce people to the sport...

... clinics and exhibitions with top local players (including Jeon Mi-ra, who played 10 times for the South Korean Fed Cup team between 1996 and 2004)..

... a youth tournament and plenty of entertainment focussing on getting to grips with tennis (since most of the visitors were new to the game...

... from 1 – 5 June, the public was able to get to know more about the Paris Grand Slam and clay-court tennis, with a giant screen showing matches live from the Porte d’Auteuil, on the other side of the world. In total, almost 25 hours of matches were available for spectators to watch.

"Roland-Garros in the city", which has been held in Beijing since 2012 and made its debut in Seoul this year, is organised jointly by the FFT and its Chinese and South Korean counterparts, in partnership with Perrier, Longines and, in Seoul, JCDecaux.

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