Roland-Garros: when the Champions League final eclipses tennis

Jam of sporting events this Saturday in Paris where the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, and Roland-Garros takes place. The little yellow ball struggles to withstand the popularity of the round ball.



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Although Roland-Garros is inevitable, he can hardly compete in a Champions League final, especially when it brings together two of the biggest clubs in history: Real Madrid and Liverpool. The final of the most prestigious football club competition is being held in Paris for the first time since 2006, and is necessarily to the detriment of the yellow ball.

Zidane, Roland-Garros as an aperitif for C1

On Friday, while he was quietly qualifying for the round of 16, Rafael Nadal was staged at the Suzanne-Lenglen court by Zinedine Zidanepresent in the stands to watch the Spaniard, before attending the match of his old team, this Saturday evening at the Stade de France.

Zinedine Zidane, with his wife Véronique, was seen in the stands of Lenglen on Friday for Rafael Nadal's party.  Photo: AFP
Zinedine Zidane, with his wife Véronique, was seen in the stands of Lenglen on Friday for Rafael Nadal’s party. Photo AFP – AFP

I didn’t see him, but I knew he was there because I was listening to him, I could hear people saying his name all the time. I understood that he was there the Spanish player smiled, a big fan of the former Blues and Real Madrid game director. ” If I can do a good workout tomorrow (Saturday), my intention is to go see the final confessed Christmas.

Carlos, a Spaniard who came to Paris for Roland-Garros, has not forgotten his Real shirt for the Champions League final.
Carlos, a Spaniard who came to Paris for Roland-Garros, has not forgotten his Real shirt for the Champions League final.

The night session competed for the fan zone

Many will not be as lucky as Carlos, a Spaniard who came to Paris with his wife and friends in tennis. When he learned that the Champions League final had moved to our capital, the Real Madrid fan sold out his tickets for Saturday night’s session: ” I’m going to watch the game in the fan zone to enjoy the atmosphere “Slips. The same approach as Antoine (23), a Frenchman crossed the streets of Roland-Garros with the Liverpool shirt:” This is the chance of a lifetime! I sold my tickets to go see the match in the fan zone, but this is Liverpool, the final in Paris, I want to see the excitement of the 40,000 people.. »

Antoine, French supporter of Liverpool.
Antoine, French supporter of Liverpool.

Tom and Conrad live in London, but they support the Reds and had booked their ticket to Roland Garros since March. Between the young little ball and the round ball, their choice is made quickly: it will be for them also the direction of the Cours de Vincennes for the fan zone.

Clive, originally from Liverpoolpresent during the fortnight of Paris to give technical support to an English podcast on tennis, will take him to Châtelet, the central point of the capital: “ I tried everything to find places, without success. I finish at 8pm, I will run to catch an Uber and go to Paris and find a place in a bar showing the match.. “He has a double bet, because beyond the sports aspect, he bet on his haircut! ” If Liverpool don’t win I have to shave my head on Monday
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