Roland Garros 2016 live in D.C.
The Roland Garros tournament was created in 1891. Due to the immense success of the Four Musketeers (Borotra, Brugnon, Cochet and Lacoste) in the early days of French professional tennis, the tournament became a global event.
The first American winner of the tournament was Helen Wills in 1928 [the first American male winner was Jack Crawford in 1933]. The French tournament joined the "Open" era in 1968, and since then many tennis greats have graced the famous clay courts, including Suzanne Lenglen, Björn Borg, Chris Evert, Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
These women and men are the legends of this sport. Today, millions of spectators and fans from all over the world will follow these players who sometimes compete for hours on end (4 and a half hours is the record for 2015).
From May 23 through 27, sports fans can take part in the Tennis Channel’s first U.S. public viewing event of the French Open. It’s happening at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center’s Woodrow Wilson Plaza. First Counselor Patrick Lachaussée officially kicked off the coverage on Monday 23 at Wilson Plaza. "I’m glad that today, in the heart of Washington, DC, we can invite the American public and Washington, D.C. visitors to watch a French tennis tournament that will take place in Paris through June 5," he said.
Enjoy the sunny weather and some tennis on your lunch break! Live coverage on a 14 foot screen will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., until next Friday. Enjoy the French Open!