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:

EventChampionRunner-upScore
2014 Men’s Singles Rafael Nadal Novak Djokovic3–6, 7–5, 6–2, 6–4
2014 Women’s Singles Maria Sharapova Simona Halep6–4, 6–7(5–7), 6–4
2014 Men’s Doubles Julien Benneteau Marcel Granollers6–3, 7–6(7–1)
 Édouard Roger-Vasselin Marc López
2014 Women’s Doubles Hsieh Su-wei Sara Errani6–4, 6–1
 Peng Shuai Roberta Vinci
2014 Mixed Doubles Anna-Lena Grönefeld Julia Görges4–6, 6–2, [10–7]
 Jean-Julien Rojer Nenad Zimonjić

The French Open Tennis Tournament Men Records:

RecordEraPlayer(s)Years
Men since 1891
Winner of most men’s singles titlesBefore 1925: Max Decugis1903, 1904, 1907 – 1909, 1912 – 1914
(French club members only event)
1925–1967: Henri Cochet1926, 1928, 1930, 1932
After 1967: Rafael Nadal2005 – 2008, 2010 – 2014
Winner of most consecutive men’s singles titlesBefore 1925: Paul Aymé1897 – 1900
(French club members only event)
1925–1967: Frank Parker1948, 1949
 Jaroslav Drobný1951, 1952
 Tony Trabert1954, 1955
 Nicola Pietrangeli1959, 1960
After 1967: Rafael Nadal2010 – 2014
Winner of most men’s doubles titlesBefore 1925: Max Decugis1902 – 1909, 1911 – 1914, 1920 [15]
(French club members only event)
1925–1967: Roy Emerson1960, 1962 -Neale Fraser; 1961- Rod Laver; 1963 with Manuel Santana; 1964 with Ken Fletcher; 1965 -F. Stolle
After 1967: Daniel Nestor2007 -M. Knowles; 2010 -N.Zimonjić; 2011, 2012 -M.Mirnyi
 Max Mirnyi2005, 2006 -J. Björkman; 2011, 2012 -D. Nestor
Winner of most consecutive men’s doubles titlesBefore 1925: Maurice Germot1906 – 1914, 1920 [15]
(French club members only event)
1925–1967: Roy Emerson1960 – 1965
After 1967: Daniel Nestor2010, 2011, 2012
Winner of most mixed doubles titles – MenBefore 1925: Max Decugis1904 – 1906, 1908, 1909, 1914 and 1920 with Suzanne Lenglen
(French club members only event)
1925-today: Ken Fletcher1963–1965 with Margaret Court
 Jean-Claude Barclay1968, 1971, 1973 -F. Dürr
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – menBefore 1925: Max Decugis1902–1920 (8 singles, 13 doubles, 7 mixed)
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – men1925-today: Henri Cochet1926–1932 (4 singles, 3 doubles, 2 mixed)
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – men1925-today: Rafael Nadal2005-2008, 2010-2014 (9 singles)

The French Open Tennis Tournament Women Records:

Winner of most women’s doubles titlesTill 1967: Simonne Mathieu1933, 1934 -E. Ryan; 1936 – 1938 -B. Yorke; 1939 -J. Jędrzejowska
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967:Martina Navratilova1975 -C.Evert); 1982 -A. Smith; 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 -P. Shriver; 1986 -A. Temesvári
Winner of most consecutive women’s doubles titlesTill 1967: Françoise Dürr1967 – 1971
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967:Martina Navratilova1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 -P. Shriver; 1986 -A. Temesvári
Winner of most mixed doubles titles – womenTill 1967: Suzanne Lenglen1914, 1920 -M. Decugis; 1921 – 1923, 1925, 1926 -J. Brugnon
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967: Françoise Dürr1968, 1971, 1973 -J. Barclay
Winner of most titles (total: singles, doubles, mixed) – womenTill 1967: Suzanne Lenglen1919–1926 (6 singles, 2 doubles, 7 mixed)
(incl. French club members only era)
After 1967:Martina Navratilova1974–88 (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 winnerMen: Michael Chang17 years and 3 months
Women: Monica Seles16 years and 6 months
Oldest winnerMen: Andre Vacherot40 years and 9 months
Women: Zsuzsa Körmöczy33 years and 10 months
Unseeded WinnersMen: Marcel Bernard1946
 Mats Wilander1982
 Gustavo Kuerten1997
 Gastón Gaudio2004
Women: Margaret Scriven1933

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