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More than tennis: all the entertainment of #RG17

By Alexis Favre   on   Wednesday 10 May 2017
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A whole host of entertainment is served up at the stadium, both during the special event days and throughout the tournament. There is something for everyone!

From 22 to 27 of May: champions at the practice on court Suzanne-Lenglen

During qualifying week, spectators can enjoy watching the best players practise on court Suzanne-Lenglen. Come and cheer on some household names and budding future champions alike from 11:00 to 17:00.

The 27 of May: Roland-Garros kids' day

Kids' Day is a Roland-Garros classic. This annual charity day, which is always eagerly awaited, will be staged on Saturday 27 May this year.

This special day sees tournament participants take some time out from their schedules to play exhibition matches on the three show courts. Some of the best players in the world, both male and female, will be rubbing shoulders with the fans before getting their campaigns underway at the tournament proper.

The entertainment will not stop there, with numerous other attractions and treats in store. For example, from 14:00 to 16:00, the crowd at court Philippe-Chatrier will be able to feast their eyes on the Battle of the Champions. The premise is simple: teams made up of four stars and/or legends of the tour will face off in a range of fun challenges, some – but not all – of which will be of a sporting nature.

From 11:00, meanwhile, court No.6 will be playing host to an event revolving around umpiring, courtesy of which several lucky spectators will be selected to officiate on court Philippe-Chatrier. This will be followed by the finals of the "Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros, in partnership with Longines" programme. The winners of this international tournament will earn themselves a wild card for the juniors' singles main draws.

Furthermore, as part of the "Play on the Roland-Garros clay" campaign, in association with ENGIE and Babolat, visitors will have the opportunity to set foot on the hallowed Parisian red dust on court No.8.

Attendees will also be able to make the most of their visit to watch the stars practise or to catch a legends match on court No.1.

There will be plenty going on around the grounds too, with an array of entertainment lined up from 10:00, including Galaxie Tennis introduction sessions at the Place des Mousquetaires, an orchestra, jugglers, face painting and more.

All proceeds raised will be donated to charitable causes such as the associations Fête le mur and Tennis en liberté, FFT clubs that run educational, social and community initiatives, and boosting access to tennis among underprivileged groups.

Let the games begin!

From 27 of May to 11 of June: entertainment highlights during the tournament 

A veritable Roland-Garros must-visit, the RG Lab is an entertainment area devoted to connected tennis. A number of fun activities will be put on by Orange, Babolat and BNP Paris allowing you to experience tennis from another angle and become a novel sort of champion. You can also get a glimpse of the future in the shape of images of the Court des Serres (Greenhouse Court), an integral part of the new stadium, and try your hand at padel.

Meanwhile, drop by the Maison du tennis (House of tennis) – located in the heart of the Roland-Garros stadium, at the Place des Mousquetaires – to find out more about playing tennis, umpiring and related sports like wheelchair tennis and padel.

Come also and gauge the power of your serve at the Smash Corner courtesy of Longines, an official partner of the tournament.

From the 25 of may to 11 of June: activities in the walkwyas

Roland-Garros is a fantastic spectacle both on and off the court – including notably in the stadium walkways, many artistic performances will be perform during the tournament.

The 'Cique Nomade' des Imbroglios is a ten-person circus troupe. Few days the tournament, they will be performing interactive acts inspired by tennis, with acrobats, stilt walkers and other circus performers immersing spectators in their very special world.

Jérémy and Charly may be dab hands with tennis racquets and balls, but they do not ply their trade on clay courts. Instead, this quirky pair of tennis aces will be spreading fun and laughs around the stadium with their spectacular, side-splitting roving juggling demonstrations.

Fans will also be able to nail their colours to the mast in support of their favourite players thanks to the face-painting on offer at the services area, as well as at various locations around the walkways.

Lastly, every day from 10:00 to 18:00, a troupe of actors will be mimicking the looks of Roland-Garros' biggest stars and giving spectators the chance to have their photo taken with their 'idols'.

Visitors enjoy the sounds of what might be France's most iconic instrument - the accordion.

The 7 of June: "Wheelchairs for all"

The French Tennis Federation organise , with the Adecco group and Babolat, the "Wheelchairs for all" event, which will take place on Wednesday 7 June at the Place des Mousquetaires.

The proceedings will see small groups of spectators given the opportunity to try out manoeuvring a wheelchair, as well as having a go at playing some wheelchair tennis. They will also have the privilege of meeting and greeting several French Olympic and Paralympic champions to promote disabled sport.

This event seeks to shine the spotlight on wheelchair tennis and foster interaction between disabled and non-disabled people. It also aims to encourage the inclusion of wheelchair tennis players at tennis schools at clubs affiliated with the French Tennis Federation.

From 25 of May to 11 June: Relaxation Area 

Experience Zone & Relaxation Area: Fancy a break between matches? Pop into the relaxation area for a coffee or refreshing drink and indulge in a massage, manicure or barber treatment while you're there.

From 25 of May to 11 June: Experience Zone

Alternatively, venture into the Experience Zone, where you can try out the TV/commentator's box and photo booth, as well as seeing what Philippe-Chatrier court will look like in the new Roland Garros stadium. A partner boutique is also open to visitors.

And also RG Experience 

Get more out of your Roland Garros experience by exploring the stadium's off-court areas.

For more details, check out the Roland-Garros Entertainment page.

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