A Tennis Reporter Turned Graffiti Artist Draws on French Open Memories

Suddenly, after 30 years, these walls could talk.

Members of the news media and French Open media relations team wrote messages on the walls and windows of the Roland Garros media center, which was slated to be demolished the next day along with the rest of Court Philippe Chatrier in a multi-year renovation project.CreditPete Kiehart for The New York Times

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PARIS — Twenty minutes after Rafael Nadal finished dismantling Dominic Thiem in the French Open final on Sunday evening, we were invited to experience more destruction.

Roland Garros was throwing a “Demolition Party,” toasting the last night its 30-year-old media center would be in use. Built into the side of Court Philippe Chatrier, the tournament’s principal stadium, the media center was slated to be torn down, along with most of the rest of the building.

“It was jarring to see the people who had theoretically been maintaining order in the place more delighted than anyone else to draw on the walls.”CreditPete Kiehart for The New York Times

Speed is imperative for this renovation project, so a…

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