Bjorn Borg-One of the most successful French Open player

by on May 25, 2009
in Record Holders

Bjorn Borg-One of the most successful French Open player

The cool and calm Swede, Bjorn Borg, is the only predominate clay court player who has performed equally well on the grassy courts of Wimbledon. He remained unbeaten in French Open during 1978-1981. However, new emperor of the clay courts, Rafael Nadal, now holds 6 French Open titles, leaving the French legacy of Borg far behind. 

Going back to history, former great tennis players such as Bjorn Borg, Henri Cochet, Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander have registered huge success at the French Open. It was due to their style, which best fitted to a slower surface. When compared to the clay court it was easier for them to win Wimbledon, which are grass courts. Borg, Laver, Agassi and Nadal are those players who have won both Wimbledon and the French Open titles. The slow surface of the clay courts leads the ball to bounce a bit faster compared to the grass courts, making it remarkable in its own special way. This is the reason why the great players like Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, who are famous for their full force serve, have never won the French Open, as they face many difficulties in serving. The advantages of big serves which they possessed never materialised on clay courts.

Looking at the records of French Open, the most titles in all events at the French Open are bagged by Henri Cochet (1926-1932) who won four singles, three doubles and two mixed. Next to follow is Jean Borotra (1925-1936) who won one singles, five doubles and two mixed.

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