site of the
|Except during the tournament itself, when access is restricted to players, officials and ticketholders, visitors are welcome year-round at the site of the French Open in western Paris. In 2003 the Roland-Garros complex unveiled a new museum, Le Tenniseum, with permanent exhibits tracing the history of the game, a multimedia library and space for temporary exhibitions. Behind-the-scenes tours of Roland-Garros lasting just over an hour (advance reservations required) are offered in French and English, and in summer there are weekend mini-tennis clinics for children ages 5 to 10. The facility also has its own restaurant and, bien sur, a tennis boutique selling stadium souvenirs and "officially endorsed French championship products." For hours and admission prices, see www.rolandgarros.com (French and English versions available).