While Garros 2010 is becoming thrilling day by day, sneak peak in to the past legendary players sounds tempting. Many of the new tennis stars are making new records or leveling the existing ones. The prominent names in the battle of conquering the new records are Roger and Nadal. In Garros 2010, both the players have ample records in basket for them. Few of them have been set and few are still to be conquered. The battle on beautiful clay is heating up!
To cool down the heat, why not have a flash back into the legendary players who have been rocking the Garros land with their marvel drop shots, serves, back hand, fore hand, aces and celebrating styles. So come along and have a flashback.
Men since 1981 have been performing at their best and few names have been recorded in the history with their never ending glory. One such category is the maximum titles won by men on Garros. The era starts since 1981 and goes like:
Winner of most men’s singles titles
Before 1925 on Garros
Before 1925, it was Max Decugis who won eight Garros titles from 1903-1914. But the French Open had a club level and the event never opened for the armature players.
From 1925-1967 on Garros
During this time, Henri Cochet won 4 Garros titles which also included the World Hard Court Championship.
After 1967 on Garros
After 1967 till date, only Bjorn Borg has been able to claim 6 Garros titles. Borg has been called the King of Clay for that reason.
You might be wondering that who could break the record of Bjorn Borg and become the Clay King of this generation. Of course it’s none other than Rafa who has already claimed 6 Garros Grand Slam titles and equal to Bjorn.
Think of the game Lawn Tennis and Wimbledon is the first name that comes to your mind. The most esteemed tournament was first held in 1877 in the London suburb of Wimbledon at the All England Club. The game is played on grass and that’s from where the game lawn tennis got its name. The game sees men’s and ladies singles and doubles matches along with mixed doubles. You also get to enjoy boys and girls singles and girls doubles in the tournament.
1877 witnessed the only Gentlemen’s singles event won by Spencer Gore followed by the addition of Ladies singles in 1884, won by Maud Watson. The following years saw the addition of other events like Gentleman’s doubles, Mixed doubles etc. In 2009, Roger Federer grabbed his 6th Wimbledon and 15th Grand Slam title. Venus Williams was defeated by her sister Sarena Williams for the 3rd time. Wimbledon 2010 will be held from 21st June – 4th July. Each year sees a change for the benefit of players and audience. To prevent any match delays due to rain, the Centre Court has recently been fitted with a retractable roof. In 1979, the roof of the court was raised one meter to make space for 1,088 seats.
Warm up tournaments are held in Birmingham, Eastbourne and the Netherlands. The main principal court is surrounded by four other courts, hence the name Center Court. You have to experience it to believe the tradition of eating cream and strawberries, drinking with royal patronage and Pimms sprinters at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is incomplete without them – British twins Ernest and William Renshaw, Doherty brothers, Laurie and Reggie, Arthur Gore and Fred Perry, Jean Borota, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and Rene Lacoste, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic and many more.
The history of the French Open Tennis is full of ups and downs. Some became kings and for some there was nothing. Looking at the record book of the French Open Tennis, Bjorn Borg with six single titles and Henri Cochet with four hold the top two slots. Rafael Nadal stands by them as he has broken equalled the record of Bjorn with 6 titles. Nadal has already bagged 6 consecutive French Open Tennis titles and is eyeing for a 7th one. Again, most consecutive titles are held by Bjorn Borg, which is now shared by Rafael Nadal. At the Roland Garros, Henri Cochet has won the most titles in all events where he has won four singles, three doubles and two mixed.
The most Open Era match-winning Tennis player was Guillermo Vilas with stats of 56-17 followed by Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi registering corresponding figures of 53-12 and 51-15. The double title ace goes to Roy Emerson as he has won six double titles in the French Open. The youngest tennis champion at the Roland Garros was Michael Chang, who won the trophy in 1989 at the age of 17 years and 3 months; Mats Wilander is the next champion to follow who at the age of 17 years and 9 months created history in 1982. Bjorn Borg won the French Open crown in 1974 at the age of 18 years.