The French Tennis Federation toasted “Roland-Garros in the City” Thursday night at a cocktail party at the Consulate of France in New York.
With key sponsors such as Lacoste, Longines and BNP Paribas, Roland-Garros aims to bring the excitement of the French Open to the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place this weekend, where it has built a temporary full-size red clay court and will be sponsoring kids’ tournaments and clinics today through Sunday, said Lucas Dubourg, head of international development at the French Tennis Federation.
There is also a viewing screen where it will be showing the men’s semifinal (Friday), women’s final (Saturday) and men’s final (Sunday).
“The French Consulate is very proud to be part of this opportunity to bring to life the Roland-Garros ambience in the U.S. for the very first time,” said Anne-Claire Legendre, consul general of France in New York. She said they were proud to show everything the French Open stands for, which, besides clay courts, are sportsmanship, bravery, elegance and gracefulness. “Roland Garros would be very proud today to see the French Open exported overseas,” she said.
Among those who attended Thursday night’s event were Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere; stars of “Real Housewives of New York” Ramona Singer