Court Simonne-Mathieu To Be Inaugurated On Sunday

Court Simonne-Mathieu at Roland Garros (photo: Florian Heer)

PARIS, May 25, 2019

The new Court Simonne-Mathieu, nestled in the greenery of the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil at Roland Garros, will be officially inaugurated on Sunday after the first match between Garbine Muguruza and Taylor Townsend, which starts at 11 am. The President of the French Tennis Federation, Bernard Giudicelli and guests will attend the event.

There will be a focus on women’s tennis to pay tribute to Simonne Mathieu, an exceptional tennis player, who won the women’s singles tournaments in Paris in 1938 and 1939. She also signed up as a volunteer for the French Army during World War II.

Court Simonne-Mathieu is the third largest stadium at Stade Roland Garros with a capacity of 5,000 seats and is semi-sunken. The court is surrounded by four greenhouses that showcase collections of rare plants that evoke the tropical flora of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia and Australia.