1994

Highlights of the tournament

Three years after the beginning of the renovation work and after a whole host of legal proceedings, Court A and seven new practice courts built to replace the now defunct “Fonds-des-Princes” stadium are inaugurated by Christian Bîmes and the various tennis club presidents from around the country. A high relief sculpture of Suzanne Lenglen and a walkway named the Allée Marcel Bernard in honor of the former champion who passed away at the beginning of May are also unveiled just before the beginning of the Open. 

Spanish tennis continues to hit the heights on the Paris clay, with Sergi Bruguera winning his second title in a row, this time against his fellow countryman Alberto Berasategui, not to mention Arantxa Sanchez’ victory over France’s Mary Pierce and Jacobo Diaz’ triumph in the juniors. The women’s final has to be called off after just 17 minutes of play and carried over to the Sunday due to bad weather. 

With the extension of the stadium and the construction of the 10,000-seater Court A, a new attendance record is set during the fortnight, at 352,699 spectators. The extension work means that the women’s singles qualifiers can be played back on-site at Roland Garros once again. The men’s singles qualifiers will need to wait another year – until 1995 – to be welcomed back inside the stadium.

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