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PHOTOS: Pink clay court unveiled at Roland Garros

Last updated on: June 7, 2012 20:30 IST

Pink clay court unveiled at Roland Garros

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It was a new beginning at the French Open. 

Day 12 of the competition witnessed the unveiling of a brand new pink clay court. 

The women's legends doubles semi-final match between American Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna of Czech Republic and Nathalie Tauziat and Sandrine Testud of France was the first match to be played on the freshly-laid surface. 



Image: A general view of the pink clay court in the women's legends doubles semi final match between Martina Navratilova of USA and Jana Novotna of Czech Republic and Nathalie Tauziat and Sandrine Testud of France
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The court is dedicated to women

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The court was unveiled in the honour of the ladies at the tournament. 

And it was the legendary Martina Navratilova who participated in an exhibition match to inaugurate the court. 




Image: Groundstaff unveil a pink clay court prior to the women's legends doubles semi-final
Photographs: Getty Images/Getty Images

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Chris Evert also graced the ceremony

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Besides, Navratilova, Novotna, Nathalie Tauziat and Testud, Chris Evert also graced the opening ceremony. 

Evert won the French Open on seven occasions. 

Her record still stands. 




Image: (L-R) Nathalie Tauziat, Sandrine Testud, Jana Novotna, President of the French Tennis Federation Jean Gachassin, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova pose at the net
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Navratilova, Novotna won the match

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Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna of Czech Republic played in the women's legends doubles semi-final against Nathalie Tauziat and Sandrine Testud.

There was a brief rain interruption before the Navratilova-Novotna combine won the match in three sets. 



Image: Martina Navratilova (L) of USA and Jana Novotna of Czech Republic play on a pink clay court
Photographs: Getty Images/Getty Images

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