April 9, 2013
Well it’s exactly 47 days (and counting!) till the beginning of the French Open, the next Grand Slam on the ATP Tour.
And with that in mind, here at WimbledonDebentureHolders.com, we thought we’d provide you with some amazing facts about this incredible tournament.
Vive la France!
Although the French Open now hosts the world’s best players, it hasn’t always been that way.
Back when it was known as the French Championship, between 1891 and 1925 only French amateurs were allowed to enter.
It also took until 1968 for a ban on professional players to be lifted.
Ever wondered where the famous venue got its name?
Well, Roland Garros was an aviator and fighter pilot during the First World War. He was also the first man to fly a plane over the Mediterranean, and the inventor of a machine gun that could fire through an aeroplanes propeller.
An avid tennis player, Garros was a member of the local tennis club and played regularly there whilst studying in Paris.
When the land that the stadium now stands on was given to the French Tennis Federation, it was given with the condition that the new venue would be named after Roland Garros.
Unlucky for the French
Similar to the plight of British players at Wimbledon, since World War Two, the French Open has only ever had five singles winners born in France.
The last time a French player was victorious was in 2000, when Mary Pierce won the ladies title.
One of the greatest players to ever pick up a racquet, Bjorn Borg is a legend of the clay at Roland Garros.
He has not only won the tournament six times, he also holds the record of the most consecutive sets won at the French Open. An astonishing 41, between 1979-81!
Well that’s just a few insightful facts about the French Open. See you at Roland Garros!