Yannick Noah Day: Plenty to see and do

An exciting day of festivities at Roland-Garros named in honour of the Grand Slam winner of 1983

Journée Yannick Noah / Roland-Garros 2023©Loïc Wacziak / FFT

Created in 1977 and renamed Yannick Noah Day last year in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Frenchman's victory at Roland-Garros, the traditional charity day promises once again to be an incredible party for spectators - young and old - on the courts and in the grounds. 

A star-studded line-up

As every year, the biggest stars of men’s and women’s tennis will take part in training sessions and exhibition matches open to the public. Courts Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne-Mathieu will welcome players and spectators from 10am to 7pm.

The programme on Philippe Chatrier includes music from a number of artists: world beatbox champions Berywam, Neodance and their geometric figures, and the Ghetto Kids, who have travelled all the way from Uganda.

On Court 2 from 10am to 7pm, it’s the unmissable "Playing on the clay of Roland-Garros" - sponsored by ENGIE - which offers a great experience, as will the introduction to wheelchair tennis on Court 3.  

Fanfare / Roland-Garros 2024©Emilie Hautier / FFT

Plenty to see and do

How about stepping into the shoes of an official chair umpire, trying your hand at pickleball in virtual reality, or designing the tennis ball of your dreams with the help of artificial intelligence? You’ll find all these activities near the Square des Serres, in front of Court Simonne-Mathieu.

You'll also find the Ballon de Roland-Garros, a hot-air balloon that will give you the feeling of flying over the Eiffel Tower thanks to a virtual reality headset. Younger visitors can take part in a colouring-in fresco or a Lego mosaic representing some of the Roland-Garros 2024 imagery.

There will be plenty going on around the walkways too, with a brass band, breakdancers, jugglers, balloon sculptors and stilt walkers providing entertainment throughout the day. There will also be a make-up bar, helium balloons and a demonstration of the famous Top Spin 2K25 video game on the giant screen in the Jardin des Mousquetaires.


Journée Yannick Noah / Roland-Garros 2023©Pauline Ballet / FFT

A day of solidarity and action

As in previous years, the profits from the day (more than €200,000 in 2023) will be used throughout the year to fund initiatives by FFT-affiliated clubs to help young people in disadvantaged areas, for adapted sports tennis, tennis for health and para-tennis as well as for environmental initiatives via the Trophées des Actions Solidaires et Environnementales (Solidarity and Environmental Action Trophies). The day will also provide support for the Fête le Mur association.

As part of the "Racket Giveaway" initiative, the FFT and Wilson will be donating 1,500 rackets to the "Sport Dans La Ville" and "USEP" associations to encourage young people to take up tennis. To mark this donation, 50 Wilson rackets will be given to 50 young people from the two beneficiary associations on Saturday 25 May.