Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

Interesting and fun facts of French Open tennis tournament

French Open or Roland Garros is one of the biggest tennis tournaments and is the only one to be played on clay court. Roland Garros is the name given to stadium after Roland Garros, who was the aviation pioneer and was the first to fly Mediterranean. Some of the interesting facts related to Roland Garros or French Open tennis tournament are:

1)      The French Open tennis tournament is 110 years old. The first Roland Garros tournament took place in 1891 as a national championship and got the international status in year 1925.

2)      Born Borg has won the French Open tennis tournament championship for men’s single a record six times.

3)      Suzanne Lenglen in 1926 won the women’s French Open title in 27 minutes.

4)      Althea Gibson, an American player was the first black tennis player to win the French Open in year 1956.

5)      In the final match of 1966, Istvan agreed to delay the match for 24 hours so that Tony Roche would get over his ankle injury. This agreement on Istvan’s part however allowed Tony to win the title.

6)      As of 2006, the last six men’s Roland Garros tournaments were won by the tennis players who won no other grand slams.

7)      Michael Chang became the youngest French Open tennis champion when he defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at the age of 17 years, 3 months in 1989.

8)      Monica Seles is the youngest women to have won French Open tennis championship when she defeated Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4 at the age of 16 years 6 months.

Monica Seles also holds the record. tied with Henin to win the French Open consecutively for three years.

 

French Open winners and runner-ups (female)-From 1989-1980

 

French Open winners and runner-ups (female)-From 1989-1980

The era of 1989-1980 in women French Open tennis tournaments was a sensational title run for two of the most female tennis players, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert-Lloyd, winning the most number of French Open title. Along with them, it was Steffi Graf who won multiple French Open titles and joined the Navratilova-Chris-Graff rival trio. The overall titles for these three female players along with their French Open titles are as follows:

  • Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam titles  out of which 9 titles are of Wimbledon, 2 are the French Open titles, 3 are Australian Open and 4 are US Open championship titles.
  • Chris Evert has also won 18 Grand Slam titles out of which Chris claimed 7 French Open titles, 3 Wimbledon titles, 2 Australian Open titles and 6 US Open championship titles.
  • Steffi Graf, only second to Margaret’s 24 titles, claimed 22 Grand Slams in which Graf claimed 6 French Open titles, 4 Australian Open titles, 7 Wimbledon titles and 5 US Open championship titles.

These three legendary players have either been runner-up or winner on the French Court, making it impossible for any other player to dominate the clay surface.  These legendary female tennis players ruled not only the clay court but all Grand Slams during this era. The list of female winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1989-1980 is as follow:

Winners of French Open Tennis Championship from 1989-1980 are:

  • Sanchez Vicario (1989)
  • Steffi Graf
  • Steffi Graf
  • Christ Evert-Lloyd
  • Chris-Evert-Lloyd
  • Martine Navratilova
  • Chris Evert-Lloyd
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Hana Mandlikova
  • Chris Evert-Lloyd
Runner-ups of French Open Tennis Championship from 1989-1980 are:
  • Steffi Graf
  • Natasha Zvereva
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Chris Evert-Lloyd
  • Mima Jausovec
  • Andrea Jaeger
  • Sylvia Hanika
  • Sylvia Hanika

Best Female Players in French Open

by on May 26, 2009
in Record Holders

Best Female Players in French Open, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf

Perhaps the only female tennis player who encapsulated the mind’s eye of fans across the globe with her unprecedented aggressive style and intent to conquer all the trophies that come in her way is none other than Martina Navratilova. Her exceptional resilience led her to the indomitable heights not only on the grass courts of Wimbledon but also at the Roland Garros. Though playing on clay courts was never preferred by her, she made such, records especially in the doubles event, which are still unbreakable. In contrast, her arch rival Chris Evert was the Queen of Tennis clay courts, holding the best record at the French Open Tennis with seven singles trophies on her rack. Though Navratilova did beat Evert three times on clay, one of which was French Open, Evert remained the ace and still holds the record of most singles titles won by any female at Roland Garros.

The sweet chubby Steffi Graf, who won 22 Tennis Grand Slams in her career, holds six French Open women title trophies (second to Evert) under her belt. She is the player of Navratilova’s list of great players. She was a blend of skill and stamina and the only tennis player who did equally well on grass as well as clay courts. Her main weapon was her accurate serves. Though Tennis clay courts never help those with great serves, she easily adjusted herself to the surface of Roland Garros and won many titles where men like Pete Sampras and Federer never did.