Great recognizement by Roland Garros towards the nine-time champion Rafael Nadal. In the Eurosport programme "Avantage Leconte", the French tennis federation chief Bernard Giudicelli announced that the tournament will erect a statue in honor of the Mallorcan player, that was described as a "Monster" by Giudicelli. 'He will have a statue at the Roland Garros, you cannot do anything but immortalize him.' At the Roland Garros there are already statues in honor of Suzanne Lenglen and the four Musketeers, it means Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste.
Early this year at the Australian Open in Melbourne a statue of Rod Laver was opened. Nadal is bidding to win his tenth title in Paris and his 15th Grand Slam title in career, in what is for him the "most special tournament in my career", he said many times.