Challenged by the clay
Rolex and Tennis
A story written in ochre
The second Grand Slam® tournament of the season, Roland‑Garros is the only one to be played on clay, taking place every year, starting in late May. Athletes need to be in peak physical condition to shine on the ochre courts of the Porte d’Auteuil in western Paris and endure long rallies on what is known to be the slowest playing surface. As the pinnacle clay-court event, Roland-Garros’ place on the calendar is all the more special.
In 2020, almost 130 years into its history, Roland‑Garros completed a major long-term overhaul. As a result, the main show court, the Court Philippe‑Chatrier, now has a seating capacity of more than 15,000 while the new retractable roof protects both players and spectators from the vagaries of the weather. Since 2021, some matches have been played at night under lights.
Since 2019, Rolex has been the Premium Partner and Official Timekeeper of Roland‑Garros.
ELEGANT AND obstinate
Björn Borg is the champion who revolutionized tennis by sparking a global passion for the sport. But it’s not all down to his record. Grand Slam® success aside, he remains an icon for the values he embodies: tenacity, technical excellence, elegance and sportsmanship. He emerged triumphant six times on the Roland‑Garros clay.