Uslé Creates the Official Poster for This Year’s French Open

There’s no doubt Juan Uslé will remember this year’s French Open forever…

The 60-year-old Spanish artist created the official poster for this year’s Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros— the 35th poster of its kind.

Juan Usle

Uslé, the sixth Spanish artist to produce the poster for the tournament, offers a work evocative of “the battle the players engage in” on the court.

The artist explains that his “inspiration for the painting began with the net, the ball and the action”, adding that he “did not want to depict any particular character, not even his countryman, Rafael Nadal.” The poster represents, then, an allegory of Roland Garros in three round shapes: yellow for the ball, ochre for the beaten clay and one representing the net. However, this last one represents not only the net, but also “the drama of the game and the fight, the connections and the dialogues” which take place on a tennis court, explains Uslé.

French Open 2014 Poster

The tradition of selecting artistic posters for Roland Garros goes back to 1980. Daniel Lelong, director of the gallery of the same name, suggested that the French Tennis Federation should entrust the design of the poster to a contemporary artist of international repute. From David Nash to Hervé Di Rosa, the posters have always been a hot talking point.

Uslé has had regular exhibitions over the past decade in California, New York, London, Berlin and his native Spain.

Sánchez Vicario to Present Winner’s Trophy at French Open

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario will face either Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova at the French Open

No, the 41-year-old retired Spanish tennis star, a former World No. 1, won’t be playing against either player.

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

The four-time Grand Slam champion will present the winner of the women’s final her trophy at the French Open this weekend.

The French Tennis Federation says Sanchez Vicario, who won the French Open three times, will be alongside the organization’s president Jean Gachassin at Roland Garros for the final on Saturday, handing the trophy to either Williams or Sharapova.

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

As a 17-year-old, Sánchez Vicario became the youngest winner of the women’s singles title at the 1989 French Open, defeating then-World No. 1 Steffi Graf in the final. Her record would be broken the following year by Monica Seles, who would win the title at the age of 16.

In addition to her eight Grand Slam singles titles, Sánchez Vicario also has six women’s doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

Sánchez Vicario, who retired in November 2002, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007. She was the first Spanish woman to be inducted.