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Photos Du Jour: A Look Back

The French Open had everything this year - on-court action, dueling tennis bags, reptiles on the run, gorgeous rain shots - so let's take a look back at some of the best photos from the fortnight.

Published June 12, 2013 12:00

The terre battue was being swept off the lines...
The terre battue was being swept off the lines...
The towels were being laid on the changeover chairs...
The towels were being laid on the changeover chairs...
The players were getting their hits in...
The players were getting their hits in...
And the net posts were being tightened...
And the net posts were being tightened...
It was May in Paris, time for the most grueling Grand Slam event on the calendar - Roland Garros.
It was May in Paris, time for the most grueling Grand Slam event on the calendar - Roland Garros.
Maria Sharapova had conquered the clay court Grand Slam in 2012, and she looked sharp in Week 1.
Maria Sharapova had conquered the clay court Grand Slam in 2012, and she looked sharp in Week 1.
On the other half of the draw, Serena Williams - who had lost first round in 2012 - was sharp too.
On the other half of the draw, Serena Williams - who had lost first round in 2012 - was sharp too.
But there was another player who dominated Week 1, and it was persistent, tennis-ruining rain.
But there was another player who dominated Week 1, and it was persistent, tennis-ruining rain.
The thousands of enthusiastic tennis fans who came out each day were rushing for the exits...
The thousands of enthusiastic tennis fans who came out each day were rushing for the exits...
A congregation of alligators rushed for the exits too.
A congregation of alligators rushed for the exits too.
Some fans waited it out, though...
Some fans waited it out, though...
But a wet Week 1 set up a gorgeous Week 2.
But a wet Week 1 set up a gorgeous Week 2.
Williams had a phenomenal Week 2, though Svetlana Kuznetsova did push her hard in the quarterfinals.
Williams had a phenomenal Week 2, though Svetlana Kuznetsova did push her hard in the quarterfinals.
And Sharapova also had some stern tests, going to three against Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka.
And Sharapova also had some stern tests, going to three against Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka.
Some players served up their first French Open quarterfinals and booked their spots in the Top 10...
Some players served up their first French Open quarterfinals and booked their spots in the Top 10...
While others showed they still have a lot of life left in them, pushing the top stars to the limit.
While others showed they still have a lot of life left in them, pushing the top stars to the limit.
There was also a battle of tennis bags - first, Sharapova...
There was also a battle of tennis bags - first, Sharapova...
Then, Williams.
Then, Williams.
Sharapova would end up reaching her eighth Grand Slam final, and first as a defending champion.
Sharapova would end up reaching her eighth Grand Slam final, and first as a defending champion.
But Williams would end up on top, beating Sharapova in a tight two-setter, her sweet sixteenth major.
But Williams would end up on top, beating Sharapova in a tight two-setter, her sweet sixteenth major.
  • The terre battue was being swept off the lines...
  • The towels were being laid on the changeover chairs...
  • The players were getting their hits in...
  • And the net posts were being tightened...
  • It was May in Paris, time for the most grueling Grand Slam event on the calendar - Roland Garros.
  • Maria Sharapova had conquered the clay court Grand Slam in 2012, and she looked sharp in Week 1.
  • On the other half of the draw, Serena Williams - who had lost first round in 2012 - was sharp too.
  • But there was another player who dominated Week 1, and it was persistent, tennis-ruining rain.
  • The thousands of enthusiastic tennis fans who came out each day were rushing for the exits...
  • A congregation of alligators rushed for the exits too.
  • Some fans waited it out, though...
  • But a wet Week 1 set up a gorgeous Week 2.
  • Williams had a phenomenal Week 2, though Svetlana Kuznetsova did push her hard in the quarterfinals.
  • And Sharapova also had some stern tests, going to three against Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka.
  • Some players served up their first French Open quarterfinals and booked their spots in the Top 10...
  • While others showed they still have a lot of life left in them, pushing the top stars to the limit.
  • There was also a battle of tennis bags - first, Sharapova...
  • Then, Williams.
  • Sharapova would end up reaching her eighth Grand Slam final, and first as a defending champion.
  • But Williams would end up on top, beating Sharapova in a tight two-setter, her sweet sixteenth major.
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