As clay dust rises under the open roof of Court Philippe-Chatrier, the tennis world holds its collective breath. The 2023 Roland Garros final is not just about Novak Djokovic's potential record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title, and history hovering right over him.
It's also about the glittering assembly of global icons sharing the spectator's box, an unusual congregation that lends even more gravitas to an already monumental day. Many came to watch two of the best that made it the furthest in the ATP draw of this year's Roland Garros.
For the match, within Djokovic's box, is none other than Tom Brady, the legendary NFL quarterback. A global icon in his own right, Brady's attendance at the match solidifies the breadth and influence of Djokovic's incredible career.
Alongside Brady, a pantheon of stars are there to witness the clash between the Serb and Casper Ruud. The football world is particularly well-represented in the attendance. French soccer sensation Kylian Mbappe, the charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Olivier Giroud, and Theo Hernandez are all present.
The motorsport world is not left out either. French racing drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon were also spotted among the crowd, with the Formula 1 and tennis crossing their paths quite often lately. The hum of engines may be replaced by the thwack of tennis balls, but the thrill of competition remains the same.
As if this illustrious roster were not enough, other sporting legends have also joined the audience. The 1983 Roland Garros champion Yannick Noah is in attendance, possibly reminiscing about his own moment of glory on this same hallowed clay.
One of the important people that isn't in the attendance is Andy Murray, as he has his own final to contest. However, before the match, the former World No. 1 said that he will be supporting Djokovic on his quest to win the 23rd Grand Slam title.