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Courts surfaced with these materials play much like natural clay surfaces and are collectively classified as "clay courts", despite the fact that few if any true clay courts have been built for almost a century.The diversity in composition of various "clay" surfaces around the world explains the extraordinary variability in their playing characteristics.Journalist and former communist Arthur Koestler reported that at the time of his detention, posters advertising the last match prior to the outbreak of war, between Cochet and Borotra, were still in place.While the Roland Garros surface is invariably characterized as "red clay", the courts are in fact surfaced with white limestone covered with a few millimeters of powdered red brick dust.
In 1927, France defeated the United States to win the Davis Cup, due largely to the Musketeers' efforts.
A bronze bas relief of Lenglen by the Italian sculptor Vito Tongiani stands over the east tunnel-entrance to the stadium.
The trophy awarded each year to the French Open women's singles champion is named La Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in her honor.
The surface was a state-of-the art solution, in 1928, to the biggest problem with natural clay courts: poor drainage.
At the time it was not unusual for clay surfaces to be unplayable for two to three days after even short periods of precipitation.