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Recent Tournament Winners
- 2007 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2008 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2009 Roger Federer (SUI)
- 2010 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2011 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2012 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2013 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2014 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
- 2015 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
- 2016 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
- 2007 Justine Henin (BEL)
- 2008 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
- 2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
- 2010 Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
- 2011 Li Na (CHN)
- 2012 Maria Sharapova (RUS)
- 2013 Serena Williams (USA)
- 2014 Maria Sharapova (RUS)
- 2015 Serena Williams (USA)
- 2016 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
History of the French Open
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 women's 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 although his relentless dominance has been curtailed in the last couple of years.
Nadal is the record holder when it comes to total number of wins though, as he has nine titles to his name. He is followed by Frenchman Max Decugis and then Bjorn Borg. In the women’s competition, Chris Evert is the most successful player of all time, closely followed by Suzanne Lenglen – the player whom the tournament’s trophy is named after. Unlike other Grand Slams, Serena Williams hasn’t dominated at Roland Garros, only winning the tournament three times.
How to Bet on the French Open
If you want to put down some money on the French Open at an online gambling site, there are tips that you can use to help maximize your wins. As always, it is important to be familiar with the players. It's good to know what kind of game they play because, as mentioned above, players that depend on strong serves to win games don't 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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French Open Bonuses
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