At the core of the Jardin des Serres plant show, Roland Garros’ new Simonne Mathieu court offers a green involvement in tennis’ capital of red soil.
Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 victor, terminated down her serve not long after 11 am neighbourhood time to dedicate the new court amid her initially round match against American Taylor Townsend before a 75%-filled arena – an irregularity for a French Open window ornament raiser.
The Spaniard cut out a 5-7 6-2 6-2 win in the semi-indented 5,000-seater field, which has been developed with a smooth mix of glass and metal.
The court is encompassed by nurseries including uncommon and tropical plants, giving fans and players a covering feel at the east end of Roland Garros.
With two 70-meter long structures extending along with the east and west stands and several 40-meter long walled in areas associated with the north and south stands around the concourses, the arena has a view onto the natural accumulations.
“It’s a twofold encounter, it’s not just about games, you can set aside the effort to see the plants before watching a match. The entire thing is extremely lovely and unwinding,” said Jean-Pierre, a 50-year-old onlooker who declined to give his last name.
There was, notwithstanding, no opportunity to walk around for nineteenth seed Muguruza, who was offered firm opposition on a court named after previous ladies’ tennis pioneer Simonne Mathieu who turned into a main figure in the obstruction amid World War II.
Muguruza was agitated by Townsend’s blend of intensity and artfulness in the opening set before she at long last directed the pace and discovered her range, pounding a progression of forehand champs to pick up the high ground.
“It’s really cool to be the primary player in it. I have been preparing the most recent week — this week, really, on it for a few days,” Muguruza said.
“It’s an extremely charming court. It’s not little, yet it’s comfortable. It’s in an altogether different spot. You don’t feel like you are around a court. It resembles a nursery. It’s an alternate inclination.”
She next faces Swede Johanna Larsson.