The main novelty of the 2019 Roland-Garros, and already the scene of several exploits, Court Simonne-Mathieu, located at the far east of the stadium, is unanimously welcomed by both players and spectators.
A haven of peace away from the excitement
Located at the eastern end of the stadium, this court enjoys a unique tranquility away from the noise and hustle and bustle that surround the other main courts. Only the sirens of ambulances or a speeding motorcycle remind us that Parisian life is not far. The green spaces surrounding the court allow spectators to easily enjoy a moment of relaxation, some do not hesitate to opt for a nap on the lawn despite the few notes of music sung by musicians present in the area. Ticket holders also have the privilege of being able to watch the game without waiting for a change of side thanks to the passageways installed between the stands and the greenhouses. Another specificity of which only Simonne-Mathieu court benefits.
The spectators closer to the players
Actors of the game and spectators are almost all unanimous: the proximity between the players and the public, both on the court and outside, is a major asset of this Court Simonne-Mathieu. To get to this field located away from the rest of the site, the players have no choice but to pass in the middle of the crowd. " It feels like you are with the players. If I have to choose, I'll come back here! ", Explains a spectator to describe the general feeling. This proximity is not the taste of all players. This is particularly the case of Elina Svitolina who enjoys this proximity moderately: " The only problem is when you have to make your way through the crowd to access the court, commented the Ukrainian Sunday night. It made me feel uncomfortable. Today (Monday), I won so it was nice to get through the crowd but I think when you lose, it can be very, very disturbing. A criticism that does not weigh much in the face of the general craze.