Stade Roland Garros
The Stade Roland Garros plays host to the greats of world tennis each year as they sweat it out to decide who will lift the famous silver winners' trophies above their heads. The French Open is held in May and June each year and is a favourite of clay court specialists – which is perhaps why Rafael Nadal has won the most men's singles titles here since 1967.
Visitors to Paris hoping to watch their tennis heroes play live at the Stade Roland Garros should book Paris accommodation that is within easy reach of the games. The Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero is a 45 minute walk from the courts or can be reached using the metro in under half an hour.
The Stade Roland Garros surface
Although the playing surface at this classic tennis stadium is referred to as red clay, it is in fact white limestone covered in only a few millimetres of red brick dust. Underneath the powdered limestone is a 6-inch thick slab of volcanic rock. The final layer is 3-feet of sand that sits on a slab of concrete.
The crushed brick that gives the courts their distinctive colour is just thick enough to show the marks of footfalls and the ball hitting the court but thin enough to avoid making the surface slippery for players. This innovative combination of materials was invented in Britain to avoid drainage problems on natural clay courts.
Accommodation near the French Open
The French Open is one of the most popular sporting events held in Paris each year. Tennis fans who want to be close to the stadium, and near iconic tourist attractions like the Arc De Triomphe and the Jardins de Trocadero, can reach the stadium easily from Hotel Paris Trocadero. The Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris Trocadero puts visitors with walking distance of many of Paris's iconic sights and is close to transport links to the Stade Roland Garros.