Lilly's Tennis Travels
Bonjour from Roland Garros!
Roland Garros is over and how much fun it has been!
A lot of crazy matches as well as some really intense ones!
This year The French Open stepped it up and remodeled their site.. from the locker rooms, player cafe, practice site and gym to the beautiful grounds for all the fans to enjoy! The new Simonne-Mathieu court, which is nicknamed the greenhouse court, was built in the botanical gardens that adjoins Roland Garros. It is one of the most unique, beautiful courts that I have seen.
A beautiful wall of clay lines the walkway through the grounds now for you to take a souvenir picture.. it really is amazing how they put it together.
You can enjoy a bottle of French wine and some fine cheese while watching your favorite players on the big screens if you decide to take a break from the real thing.
...and don’t forget to bring a sweater or an umbrella as the Paris weather can change in an instant!
Apart from the tennis I don’t need to tell you that Paris is the place to be! So much to do! No matter how many times you’ve been there .. you never run out of things to do! Whether you are into Art, Food, Architecture, wine, shopping etc you will find it there!!
I can’t finish this entry without talking about Rafa. He won his 12th French Open title! Absolutely incredible! He is definitely the undisputed GOAT on Clay. He has won 93 matches at Roland Garros and only lost 2 in his career....pretty good record I would say :)
Clay court season has now come to a close and we are heading to the grass. Talk to you soon from England!
- Lilly Russell
Memories of the Barcelona Open
Hope all of you are doing fantastic!
I’m home in Houston and just made one of my favorite meals yet! But before I get into that just wanted to share a little bit about the European tournaments. I would usually be there by now but instead we are home and heading there in a couple of weeks! Definitely not complaining...isn’t it funny how we all are? When you’re at home you wish you could travel more yet when you travel 30+ weeks a year being home is a luxury!
One of our readers suggested time to write about the European tournaments...this week Barcelona is going on...That clay is like powder! I’m sure I don’t need to tell you guys that since I’m sure you all are Clay experts! Not me!😂
Barcelona for sure has some of the best restaurants! Tapas and Vino are my thing and luckily for me they were everywhere and so, so good!
(Fun fact— I managed to gain 10 lbs in two weeks while there once! 😂)
Favorite spot: PACO MERALGO!
The montaditos, clams , langostinos al ajillo .. you name it!
Oh and that red wine!! Ahhh!! Oh! Wait! And the tennis was also good! ;)
The Real Club de Tennis Barcelona where the tournament is held has a lot of history dating back to 1899! Their stadium court is named after one of my favorite players and friend, Rafael Nadal. Another thing I loved about Barcelona was the different architecture of the buildings and Las Ramblas, a beautiful pedestrian tree lined street in the heart of the city! Ohh! And I almost forgot.. the first time I went to the Ramblas, I looked up at the buildings and saw the biggest marquee of Fernando Verdasco in his Calvin Klein’s 🤭 haha! You definitely knew you were in Spain! Have a great week, spring has officially arrived in Houston .. Our Jasmine is blooming and smelling beautifully!
Have a great rest of the week!!
- Elle McCann
Houston - My Hometown Tournament!
If you haven’t been to the US Men’s Clay Court Championship you might want to check it out! The set up is perfect! The beautiful River Oaks private county club opens up its doors to host this exceptional tournament!
- Lilly Russell
Indian Wells is Tennis Paradise
The BNP Paribas Open: Mountains, palm trees and good hair!! That California desert is a beauty! Add tennis to all that and BOOM, you are in Tennis Paradise!
Hi! My name is Lilly!
I'm excited to share some of my experiences from being on the pro tour and travelling around the world! A little bit about myself... Tennis has been the only sport that I've ever watched on TV and enjoyed since I was a teenager!
- Lilly Russell
Welcome to Lilly's Tennis Travels!
Welcome to our new blog, "Lilly's Tennis Travels", written by our friend, Lilly Russell, who spends over half of the year travelling the ATP tour with her now tennis coach husband, Michael. We love Lilly and hope you will enjoy hearing about her tennis travels just as much as we do!
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