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Of Tennis, Roland Garros and Peugeot


Roland Garros 2008 has ended. But I won’t let the clay season go silently without having my say on the said event. I’m a tennis fan as well and I would like to add some few things and some of my insights with regards to the recently-concluded grand slam event. Roland Garros or otherwise known as the French Open is considered as one of the four grand slams in tennis. This event is traditionally held over two weeks between mid-May and early June in Paris, France at the Stade Roland Garros. The event is the second grand slam in the tennis calendar following Australian Open, and also considered as the premier clay court event. This event is considered as the most physically-taxing tennis event in the world because of the slow playing surface and the five-set single matches. And for the fourth year running now, Rafael Nadal of Spain has emerged victorious. He was the champion here starting 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. This year he met Roger Federer once again in the finals. This is the third time that they’ve met in the Roland Garros finals. Rafael Nadal was considered as the favorite coming into the event and he won handily. He humiliated Federer in the finals 6-1 6-3 and 6-0. That one was considered as one of the most lopsided defeats in Roland Garros finals history, and one of Federer’s worst losses in finals history. Coming into the finals, both Federer and Rafa Nadal are seeking their own piece of history. For Federer, he wants to win the only grand slam that has eluded him all these years. If he can win the the event, then the win will ultimately solidify his hold of the title as the Greatest Player of All Time. And Rafa would match Bjorn Borg for four Roland Garros crowns. Alas, only one man’s dreams will be fullfilled. And that’s Rafa’s and Federer is left holding the empty bag, yet again on the center court of Roland Garros.

The event that runs from May 25 to May 9 has sponsors ranging from BNP Paribas to Peugeot- a French automaker.

Logo Peugeot

Peugeot is an active supporter and sponsor of the French Open. In fact, the auto manufacturer used the event to introduce some of its finest rides in the market. Last year, the car company used the stage of Roland Garros to unveil their 207 CC Roland Garros. This model from Peugeot is a yellow coupe and a convertible and uses the edition-specific badging, interior trim, color features such as the A/C and the navigation. The power for the convertible comes from the NA 1.6i 120-horsepower four cylinder engine that is co-developed with BMW and was used on the Mini Cooper as well.



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