The French Open is a prestigious tennis tournament that is one of four tournaments that comprise the Grand Slam tournaments. It is held in mid-May through early June and follows the Australian Open. It takes place in Paris at the Stade de Roland Carros.
The French Open (also known as Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros, Tournoi de Roland-Garros or simply as Roland Garros) began as a national tournament in 1891. The first womenís game was held in 1897. In 1925, it was opened to international players and was the first Grand Slam tournament to enter the open era of tennis, allowing amateurs and professionals to compete.
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that is played on a clay court. Clay courts affect the bounce of the ball and slow down serves. For this reason, players who have dominated grass or hardcourts with strong serve-and-volley games have a hard time adjusting to the slower game that the clay court creates. This includes Pete Sampras and Roger Federer who have never won the French Open. However, players such as Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal who are more suited to the slower pace have been much more successful in this event. In fact, Rafael Nadal has dominated this event in recent years with consecutive wins since 2005.
Max Decugis holds the record for most menís singles wins. He had eight wins, his last in 1914. Bjorn Borg has come the closest to breaking Decugisís record with six wins. On the womenís side, Chris Evert holds the lead with seven wins at the French Open. Suzanne Lenglen comes in second with six wins. Some more recent winners include:
- 1999 Andre Agassi (USA)
- 2000 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)
- 2001 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA)
- 2002 Albert Costa (ESP)
- 2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
- 2004 Gaston Gaudio (ARG)
- 2005 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2006 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2007 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2008 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 1999 Steffi Graf (GER)
- 2000 Mary Pierce (FRA)
- 2001 Jennifer Capriati (USA)
- 2002 Serena Williams (USA)
- 2003 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
- 2004 Anastasia Myskina (RUS)
- 2005 Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
- 2006 Jutsine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
- 2007 Justine Henin (BEL)
- 2008 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
If you want to put down some money on the French Open, there are tips that you can use to help maximize your wins. As always, it is important to be familiar with the players. Itís good to know what kind of game they play because, as mentioned above, players that depend on strong serves to win games donít do as well at the French Open. Keep this in mind before putting down money on big names that dominate other court surfaces.
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