The French Open 2013 – A Grande Finale

The French Open tournament at the Roland Garros stadium drew to an end this weekend with Serena Williams taking the female trophy and Rafa Nadal winning his 8th title on the clay court.

 

As a tennis fan living in the UK, I am glued to my TV watching the Wimbledon tournament every June without fail. The French and US tournaments don’t get much coverage on mainstream UK TV, so it was an extra privilege this year to finally be able to watch full coverage of the French Open this year on ITV 4. Even better than that, my two favourite players won the championship.

Selena celebrates her winning moment at Roland Garros
Selena celebrates her winning moment at Roland Garros

Serena Williams (USA) claimed her 16th Grand Slam trophy beating Russian, Maria Sharapova 6 – 4 6 – 4. I had great faith in my girl from day one but expected a three set battle from Maria, who played some hardcore tennis in France, for the title. Serena’s a terminator on the court…unstoppable.

Like Selena, Rafa Nadal hits the ground in his winning moment Photo Credit :  www.washingtontimes.com
Like Selena, Rafa Nadal hits the ground in his winning moment
Photo Credit : http://www.washingtontimes.com

Sunday’s mens final saw Rafa (ESP) thrash his fellow Spanish opponent, David Ferrer 6 – 3 6 – 2 6 – 3. I love the passion that Nadal pours into every match he plays. After a bad year – crashing out of Wimbledon 2012 in the second round and injury forcing him out of play – the King of Clay was back. There were a few hiccups on his way to the final, but after seeing off World No 1 seed, Novak Djokovic, I knew my man was in it for the kill and what a thrill it was to watch him play from every angle of the court.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (left) with runner up Maria Sharapova (centre) and winner Serena Williams
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (left) with runner up Maria Sharapova (centre) and winner Serena Williams

The cream of the finale, for me, was the presentation ceremony. On Saturday, one of my all time favourite female players, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, presented the female trophies and on Sunday, Olympian gold medallist, Usain Bolt, presented the mens. Arantxa was the court Queen for me back in the 80’s. She was fast, chased down every ball and put a fearsome spin on the womens game. Now retired from the sport and rarely seen in the public eye, it was a treat for me, a fan to see her. Usain Bolt is another favourite sportsman of mine and quite a handsome one too. It was funny to see him struggling with “language barriers” just as I struggled with the subtitles.

Usain Bolt (right) with Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer Photo Credit:  www.tennis.si.com
Usain Bolt (right) with Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer
Photo Credit: http://www.tennis.si.com

Brilliant entertainment for tennis fans this weekend. Players will now be gearing up for the Queen’s tournament and Wimbledon (both in London). Bring it on…Serena and Rafa will be the favourites and I can’t wait to see them get there.

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