The Newsletter for the release of 40-A

More than tennis, here’s 40-A again!

The best of you have been thinking about it for a year. It's here... The most anticipated event of the month just after the start of Roland-Garros, it is of course the release of our second issue of 40-A , the magazine that talks about more than tennis (get it?). It is available since Thursday on all newsstands. So what are you waiting for?

To celebrate this second anniversary, we couldn't stand idly by in the store. So we have unearthed
two new legendary draws from Roland from our archives, two crazy finals at Wimbledon and the traditional shot of your choice via our networks: of the exultant Roger Federer.

Without further ado, here they are. Knowing that this selection is to be found now on our .

The star draw for this month could not represent another place than our national Roland. And another champion than the last French winner in men's singles: Yannick Noah of course. Here photographed during the 1985 edition. Two years after his triumph at Porte d'Auteuil , he lost this time in the round of 16 against another Frenchman, Henri Leconte . This meeting is remarkable: it is the first time that we find two French people at this stage of the competition. After 5 sets of struggle , the future singer finally gave in. And as we can see, combativeness and disappointment become one.

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To celebrate this new edition of Roland Garros which will prevent us/you from working from the end of May until the beginning of June, we also had to pay tribute to the one who decided to make it his home. The record holder for victories on Parisian soil, Rafael Nadal , has indeed been the main attraction of the tournament over the last two decades. It all started in 2005, with this celebration lying on the ocher of the center court when he won his first title against Mariano Puerta . The most notable match of his fortnight remains this semi-final against the world number one and his future lifelong opponent , Roger Federer .

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We go back in time a little further with the Wimbledon final of July 5, 1980 . The stylistic opposition is clear. On one side, “Ice Borg”, the Swede who never showed his emotions. On the other, John McEnroe , the left-hander from New York with a strong character. To everyone's surprise, the unpredictable American won the first set 6-1 . But like his nickname, Borg did not panic and ended up regaining the upper hand by winning the next two sets 7-5, 6-3 . It is then that the two players decide to offer a memorable and endless tie-break . 22 minutes of match points that follow one another , but McEnroe ends up escaping 18-16 . Unfortunately for him, that won't be enough. The Swede is stronger and wins the fifth set which ends almost 4 hours of an anthology fight .

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Still at Wimbledon , 39 years later , a shot of another anthology final between two legends . The Swiss Roger Federer and the Serbian Novak Djokovic . For some, this final even surpasses the final between Borg and McEnroe of 1980 in terms of level of play. This is particularly the case for two former coaches of the two players. Stefan Edberg (former coach of Federer): “ The Bjorg and McEnroe final, which I watched as a child, is a classic and it will always remain a classic, but in pure quality, the best final I have seen is that of last year.” Boris Becker (former coach of Djokovic): “These guys exchanged blows that I didn’t even think were possible.”
However, the start of the game did not suggest such a scenario. Without necessarily playing the best match of his life, Djokovic leads 2 sets to 1 . But at the age of 38, " the best player of all time" manages to equalize. The fifth set turned the match into an irrational one. The Swiss misses 2 match points which are unforgiving against Novak . During the deciding game, a first in the history of the tournament, it was ultimately the Serb who proved to be the strongest and won (13-12). He took the opportunity to equal Borg with 5 victories at Wimbledon. This deserved a framework worthy of this meeting…

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And to conclude this magnificent series, we called on you (and your legendary sense of good taste) with a vote via the social networks of 40-A andthe store. In competition, two shots of the boss Federer and you applauded his explosion of joy at the time of his victory at Wimbledon against Andy Roddick in 2004. For this 118th final in the history of the tournament, the rain came and it had its importance: rhythm of the match cut while Roddick seemed more offensive. The match resumes after a 20-minute break but resumes at a false pace. When the intensity returns with Roddick on fire, again, the rain makes an appearance again. This new 30-minute break will allow Roger to return to the match and win in four sets . He managed to retain his title and even surpassed Sampras and McEnroe with this 24th consecutive victory on grass .

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Without forgetting of course, for all of you who were not yet subscribed to this newsletter last year, the tennis photos released 1 year ago on the occasion of the publication of the first issue of 40-A.

Suzanne Lenglen

McEnroe seen from the sky

Focus on Nadal

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