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5 tennis stadiums named after tennis legends

Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane
Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane
Arjun
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Modified 22 Nov 2018, 22:23 IST
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The ultimate achievement of a professional tennis player is and will always be winning the Grand Slams. Some good players win one or two Grand Slam titles in their career, a few great players win 10 or more Grand Slam events. The sense of satisfaction that one gets by winning a Grand Slam title cannot be described by words.

Roger Federer has talked about how special it felt when he won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003. To Roger, the first one will always remain extra special although he has added another 19 till date. Marion Bartoli, the winner of the 2013 Wimbledon Singles trophy spoke about how she sleeps with her Wimbledon replica trophy to relive the immense joy and satisfaction that she got through her victory.

It is one thing to win Grand Slams and be remembered for greatness. But having a Stadium named after you take it up a notch. The select group of elite individuals who have stadia named after them will be remembered for eternity even if the public does not necessarily refer to the glory that they brought during their playing days.

We take a look at 5 of the best tennis stadiums in the world that are named after great Grand Slam Champions :

#1 Court Suzanne Lenglen

A panoramic view of Court Suzanne Lenglen
A panoramic view of Court Suzanne Lenglen

Built-in 1994 and originally referred to as 'Court A', Court Suzanne Lenglen is the secondary stadium after the Phillipe Chatrier Arena. It has a capacity of 10,068 spectators. Many key matches of the French Open are played on this court year after year.

The stadium is named after the great French tennis player of the 1920s - Suzanne Lenglen. Suzanne Lenglen was the first big women's tennis superstar. Suzanne Lenglen won 6 Wimbledon titles and 2 French Open titles in both Singles and Doubles format. She also won 2 French Open and 3 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles titles. Apart from Grand Slam success, Lenglen won the Gold in Singles and Doubles at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games. Her singles win-loss record of 341–7 (97.99%) is the best ever in professional tennis - men and women combined.

The courthouses an underground irrigation mechanism, the first of its kind, to regulate moisture content within its surface. The pathway connecting the Main Court (Philipe Chatrier Court ) and secondary Court (Court Suzanne Lenglen) is named Allée Marcel Bernard in honour of the 1946 French Open champion.

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Published 22 Nov 2018, 22:23 IST
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