It has been 18 years since an American man won the French open. Andre Agassi was the last to achieve the feat. However, the French tennis federation is helping to organize “Roland-Garros in the City,” a weekend event centered around a full red clay court at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in Battery Park City from June 9-11.
The FFT, in partnership with the Swiss watch brand, Longines, and Lacoste, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience the feel of Paris at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City.
There will be a live transmission of the men’s and women’s semi-finals and subsequent finals from Paris on a big video screen in the Plaza. It will be free for all to watch. Visitors can also partake in free classes on the court.
In the lead-up to "Roland-Garros in the City," two French food trucks will travel around the city from June 3 – 8, offering delicious, free ice cream, information about the event and an opportunity to watch the matches.
The waterfront space will feature an historic gallery depicting images and the stories behind the classic Roland-Garros posters – created by some of the world's most famous artists including Joan Miro and New York-based artist Viz Muniz, 2017 Roland Garros poster artist – and an interactive replica of the famous Bridge of Locks along the Seine will encourage lovers to lock their love in metal throughout the event.
Other activities include Longines' "Smash Corner" at which you can test the speed of your serve, Lacoste Boutique, photo activation and a Kid Zone, among other activities. Also Read: Andy Murray, an outsider for the French Open