The French Open Tennis Tournament – Les internationaux de France de Tennis

Officially known as Les internationaux de France de Tennis, Roland Garros, The French Open Tennis Tournament is held for over two weeks at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

Between late May and early June the French Open Tennis Tournament is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world. Named after French aviator Roland Garros, it is the second of four annual Grand slam tournaments with the other being the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. For all sports betting buffs, the clay court opens a world of surprises so read on below for more.

An image of the clay court at the french open

The French Open Tennis Tournament is the only Grand slam event held on clay. This is the most demanding tennis tournament in the world due to the slow-playing surface and the five-set men’s singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set.

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The French Open Tennis Tournament History

A national tennis tournament began to be held in 1891. It was open to tennis players who were members of French clubs. The winner was Briton, H.Briggs.

The ladies single’s tournament began in 1897.

The mixed doubles event was added in1902 and the women’s doubles in 1907.

The tournament had four venues during the years between 1891 and 1924:

  • Île de Puteaux, in Puteaux, played on sand laid out on a bed of rubble.
  • The Racing Club de France (in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris), played on clay.
  • For one year, 1909, it was played at the Société Athlétique de la Villa Primrose in Bordeaux, on clay.
  • Tennis Club de Paris (club opened in 1895), at Auteuil, Paris, played on clay.

An image of tennis balls on the clay surface of the french open

The French Open Current Champions:

Event Champion Runner-up Score
2014 Men’s Singles  Rafael Nadal  Novak Djokovic 3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
2014 Women’s Singles  Maria Sharapova  Simona Halep 6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
2014 Men’s Doubles  Julien Benneteau  Marcel Granollers 6–3, 7–6(7–1)
 Édouard Roger-Vasselin  Marc López
2014 Women’s Doubles  Hsieh Su-wei  Sara Errani 6–4, 6–1
 Peng Shuai  Roberta Vinci
2014 Mixed Doubles  Anna-Lena Grönefeld  Julia Görges 4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
 Jean-Julien Rojer  Nenad Zimonjić

The French Open Tennis Tournament Men Records:

Record Era Player(s) Years
Men since 1891
Winner of most men’s singles titles Before 1925:  Max Decugis 1903, 1904, 1907 – 1909, 1912 – 1914
(French club members only event)
1925–1967:  Henri Cochet 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932
After 1967:  Rafael Nadal 2005 – 2008, 2010 – 2014
Winner of most consecutive men’s singles titles Before 1925:  Paul Aymé 1897 – 1900
(French club members only event)
1925–1967:  Frank Parker 1948, 1949
 Jaroslav Drobný 1951, 1952
 Tony Trabert 1954, 1955
 Nicola Pietrangeli 1959, 1960
After 1967:  Rafael Nadal 2010 – 2014
Winner of most men’s doubles titles Before 1925:  Max Decugis 1902 – 1909, 1911 – 1914, 1920 [15]
(French club members only event)
1925–1967:  Roy Emerson 1960, 1962 -Neale Fraser; 1961- Rod Laver; 1963 with Manuel Santana; 1964 with Ken Fletcher; 1965 -F. Stolle
After 1967:  Daniel Nestor 2007 -M. Knowles; 2010 -N.Zimonjić; 2011, 2012 -M.Mirnyi
 Max Mirnyi 2005, 2006 -J. Björkman; 2011, 2012 -D. Nestor
Winner of most consecutive men’s doubles titles Before 1925:  Maurice Germot 1906 – 1914, 1920 [15]
(French club members only event)
1925–1967:  Roy Emerson 1960 – 1965
After 1967:  Daniel Nestor 2010, 2011, 2012
Winner of most mixed doubles titles – Men Before 1925:  Max Decugis 1904 – 1906, 1908, 1909, 1914 and 1920 with Suzanne Lenglen
(French club members only event)
1925-today:  Ken Fletcher 1963–1965 with Margaret Court
 Jean-Claude Barclay 1968, 1971, 1973 -F. Dürr
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – men Before 1925:  Max Decugis 1902–1920 (8 singles, 13 doubles, 7 mixed)
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – men 1925-today:  Henri Cochet 1926–1932 (4 singles, 3 doubles, 2 mixed)
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – men 1925-today:  Rafael Nadal 2005-2008, 2010-2014 (9 singles)

The French Open Tennis Tournament Women Records:

Winner of most women’s doubles titles Till 1967:  Simonne Mathieu 1933, 1934 -E. Ryan; 1936 – 1938 -B. Yorke; 1939 -J. Jędrzejowska
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967: Martina Navratilova 1975 -C.Evert); 1982 -A. Smith; 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 -P. Shriver; 1986 -A. Temesvári
Winner of most consecutive women’s doubles titles Till 1967:  Françoise Dürr 1967 – 1971
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967: Martina Navratilova 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 -P. Shriver; 1986 -A. Temesvári
Winner of most mixed doubles titles – women Till 1967:  Suzanne Lenglen 1914, 1920 -M. Decugis; 1921 – 1923, 1925, 1926 -J. Brugnon
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967:  Françoise Dürr 1968, 1971, 1973 -J. Barclay
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – women Till 1967:  Suzanne Lenglen 1919–1926 (6 singles, 2 doubles, 7 mixed)
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967: Martina Navratilova 1974–88 (2 singles, 7 doubles, 2 mixed)

 Clay tennis court with Tennis player legs. Roland Garros french open tournament

The French Open Tennis Tournament Youngest, Oldest and Unseeded:

Miscellaneous
Youngest winner Men:  Michael Chang 17 years and 3 months
Women:  Monica Seles 16 years and 6 months
Oldest winner Men:  Andre Vacherot 40 years and 9 months
Women:  Zsuzsa Körmöczy 33 years and 10 months
Unseeded Winners Men:  Marcel Bernard 1946
 Mats Wilander 1982
 Gustavo Kuerten 1997
 Gastón Gaudio 2004
Women:  Margaret Scriven 1933

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