A Work of Art at the French Open, Created One Name and Score at a Time


Even the followers. From her ladder, they appear to stroll extra shortly than they did 20 years in the past. They anticipate outcomes to pop up within the blink of a watch, the press of a keypad.

“They’re used to, how do you say, the digital? Sure, the digital,” she stated. “They’re used to quick.”

She attracts a breath. Smiles. Fixes the clip that retains her shoulder-length hair tucked neatly out of her eyes.

“I don’t go quick, I’m going sluggish,” she stated. “I keep nonetheless. This can be a meditation. It’s delicate work.

“Individuals, they are saying they like this as a result of they don’t see sluggish very a lot anymore. Increasingly more over time, the folks, they inform me this. For them, it’s perhaps a sort of remedy, simply to see anyone draw letters and numbers with the hand, with care.”

Within the gleaming new Roland Garros, will there at all times be a spot for Le Tableau? Will or not it’s changed by a digital scoreboard?

Someday within the subsequent two years, its wall might be torn all the way down to make means for a brand new pavilion.

François Chaigneau, the French Tennis Federation logistics director, vowed that Le Tableau could be put someplace else, though he was undecided the place. He stated it will proceed to be drawn by hand as a result of “the followers like it.”


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