The French Tennis Federation has released the poster for the 2020 edition of the Roland Garros Championships. According to the Tennis Tour Talk website, for the last 40 years now, the French Tennis Federation has appointed an artist to create a poster for the Roland-Garros tournament.
This year, the artist given the job was Pierre Seinturier. Jean-François Vilotte, Managing Director of the FFT, commented, "The Roland-Garros tournament and the French Tennis Federation, which organises it, have a special relationship with modern art.
The French Tennis Federation believes that there is a very strong link between sport and culture, between sport-related emotion and artistic emotion, between sporting body language and cultural expression. Sport, just like culture, evokes the strongest emotions when the codes of the sporting aesthetic are broken down and reinvented."
Bernard Giudicelli, President of the French Tennis Federation, commented, “I immediately liked the authentic atmosphere that its graphics give off. The fact that he has captured the objects that provide the tournament’s very soul.
But I was immediately drawn to the groundsmen’s work. This simple and repetitive movement on all of the clay courts is, without a doubt, the gesture that is most characteristic of our tournament’s identity and, beyond the groundsmen, all of the people who make it a success.
Seeing the court as a plant-based world glorifies how we see Roland-Garros stadium. This must be what we call an artistic view."
Every year for the last 40 years, the French Tennis Federation has given free rein to an artist to create a poster for the #RolandGarros tournament.