Roland-Garros, a “western” without an audience? We talked about tennis with Laurent Binet

In these troubled times, where even clairvoyant minds lose common sense, there is something deeply calming about leafing through the “Tennis Lovers Dictionary” (Plon), published on the occasion of this new vintage Roland-Garros. With the help of the sun, it feels like the end of May, the mood wanders, waiting for the first racquet hits, the marathon matches ending at nightfall; we can already feel the breath of slips on clay, the cries of rage from the players, we feel stunned by the scents of promising evenings.

But we are well and truly in autumn, and the tournament which is announced will not look anything like what we knew, if only because of the sanitary measures envisaged by the organizers. Should we complain? The US Open, which was played in front of empty stands, has just crowned a new grand slam winner, the Austrian Dominic Thiem. Why not imagine, pfnadalorte d’Auteuil, an unprecedented laureate after the superhuman reign of Rafael Nadal (titled twelve times over the last fifteen years)?

Tennis is an individual sport, but it can also be played in pairs. So they got together to write this dictionary, complementary hitch. On the one hand, Antoine Benneteau, brother and trainer of Julien, the former champion; on the other, Laurent Binet, successful writer (Goncourt of the First novel 2010 with “HHhH”, Interallié prize 2015 with “the Seventh function of language”, and Grand Prix of the Roman de l’Aca

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