Maxime verdier, a 2017 graduate with the congratulations of the Jury, designed the poster for the 2023 edition of Roland-Garros.
Like every year since 1980, the French Tennis Federation has invited an artist to design the poster for the French Open. This year, the Frenchman Maxime Verdier has been given the privilege of designing the 44th Roland Garros poster.
Land of stars
Imbued with poetry and entitled "Terre d'étoiles", this poster is the first to have been produced entirely in coloured pencil, further enhancing its soft, dreamlike atmosphere.
Through this work, the artist wanted to represent the tournament's influence by highlighting the new Philippe Chatrier court, bathed in a halo of light in a starry night of tennis balls. He also wanted to leave a lot of room for imagination to allow all tennis fans to make the poster their own.
"When I was asked to do this poster, a memory came back to me. I had a friend at school who played a lot of tennis and often watched the French Open. I didn't play tennis but he shared his passion with me. That's when I started to get interested, to discover Nadal and Federer. What I found beautiful was the stars in his eyes when he talked about these players. That was my first inspiration," says the artist. When I visited the stadium, I also realised the passion of the people who watch tennis. I think it is beautiful to see. I don't think there are many people in sport who are as passionate as tennis. When I made this poster, I was mainly thinking about the kids in the clubs, with the idea of making them want to go further in their sport."