Flags fly over Roland Garros in Paris, home of the French Open tennis championship. From right to left, the French, British and American Flags are joined by the International Tennis Association flag and the Roland Garros stadium flag.
Tickets are purchased at Porte Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday afternoon for opening day matches at the French Open tennis championship. Photographs are not allowed inside the stadium, other than those taken by accredited press photographers.
Lines form to buy tickets, most matches already sold-out Sunday, opening day of the French Open at Stade Roland Garros. The competition continues through June 11.
Cars lined up outside Stade Roland Garros wait to escort French Open participants to hotels, apartments and other destinations after their matches are played.
A bus stop kiosk trumpets Amelie Mauresmo, France's brightest star in the women's competition at the French Open, currently underway. While she has never reached past the quarterfinals in Paris, Mademoiselle Mauresmo won her first Grand Slam title at the 2006 Australian Open.
World number ones Roger Federer of Switzerland and Amelie Mauresmo of France highlighted play Sunday on Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros. Although he won the match against Argentine qualifier Diego Hartfield, Federer didn't have an easy time. He struggled to find his form in the 7-5, 7-6 (2), 6-2 game. This year Federer - a seven-time Grand Slam winner - has dropped matches only to World No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain.
Mauresmo defeated the American Meghann Shaugnessy 6-4, 6-4. The French player told reporters, "It was a pretty good first round match, which is never easy. Maybe sometimes taking a little bit more control of the game, that might have made a bigger difference today, talking about the score. It's not the match of the century, but it was all right."
"I changed my state of mind," Mauresmo said. "I can see this tournament differently. I have expectations. There's not only the pressure of the public or of the media, there's also my expectations. I want to do well during this tournament."
The Russian fourth seed Maria Sharapova, playing with an ankle injury, suffered the most challenging match on Sunday. She fought off three match points and a game to defeat Mashona Washington 6-2, 5-7, 7-5.
In another notable match Sunday, Britain's Tim Henman overcame his opponent Kenneth Carlson of Denmark in a 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win.
Stade Roland Garros opened in 1928 for a women's tennis competition between France and Great Britain. The stadium was built to host the 1928 Davis Cup final between France and the United States.