The French Open – Where Fairy Tale’s & Dream’s Are Realised!

Jun 9, 2012

Every year we see upsets and history making results on the ATP World Tour and the women’s equivalent the WTA Tour, but when it comes to upsets and historic performances in Grand Slam tournaments the French Open at Roland Garros is the event where fairy tale’s and dream’s are realised more than any other.

I’m not sure whether it’s the romance of the tournament or the fact that Paris is the city of love, but whatever the reason the red clay courts at Roland Garros always seem to throw us one or two names every year that enjoy a fairy tale run at these championships, this year the woman who is enjoying the fairy tale ride and without question a “dream” tournament is the 25 year old Italian Sara Errani, the Bologna native has reached her first ever Grand Slam singles final after defeating current US Open champion Sam Stosur in the semifinals, regardless of whether Errani defeats Maria Sharapova to become champion she has already capped off a fantastic two weeks in Paris by teaming up with regular doubles partner and Fed Cup team mate Roberta Vinci to win their first Grand Slam doubles title.

It’s certainly been stuff that dreams are made of for Errani this past fortnight and her success continues a regular tradition at Roland Garros of players who unexpectedly prosper on the red dirt in Paris, Belgian David Goffin was the fairy tale story in the men’s singles this year, the baby faced 21 year old fell in the final round of qualifying but was awarded a spot in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time as a lucky loser, he definitely made the most of his opportunity too as he went on his own giant killng run culminating in a 4th round clash with his childhood idol Roger Federer, he told the press afterwards “that it was like a dream to be playing Roger in a Grand Slam.”

Of course in 2011 we witnessed history as we watched Li Na become China’s first ever Grand Slam champion in what she also described as a dream, in the men’s singles we also saw Fabio Fognini and Juan Ignacio Chela both enjoy fairy tale runs into the quarterfinals, a year prior to that in 2010 we saw the smiling Italian Francesca Schiavone seeded 17th defeat Sam Stosur to win her first and possibly only Grand Slam title and in the men we watched as Robin Soderling defeated another defending champion (Federer) on his way through the draw to reach his second consecutive final at Roland Garros, the year previous in 2009 he became the only man so far to beat Rafael Nadal on the parisian clay.

Whilst it’s true that all the major tournaments have many storylines and fairy tale’s scattered throughout their history I believe the French Open is the Grand Slam where fairy tale’s and dream’s are realised more than any other, maybe it’s the clay surface, perhaps it’s the atmosphere, for all I know it might be something in the water or should I say the wine, whatever it is the love affair with Roland Garros continues for players and fan’s alike, we will see dream’s realised once again at the conclusion of the women’s championships, Sharapova and Errani are both contesting their first ever final in Paris so we will have a new women’s champion crowned again.

And of course in the much anticipated men’s championship decider, between world No.1 Novak Djokovic and the undisputed King of Clay Rafael Nadal, we will witness one of those men create his own piece of history by being crowned the champion for 2012, Djokovic will complete a career Grand Slam if successful and also hold all four major titles at the same time, a feat last achieved by the legendary Rod Laver back in 1969, and of course if Nadal is successful he will win his 7th title in Paris and become the all time record holder breaking the open era record he currently shares with Swedish legend Bjorn Borg.

The French Open is certainly where fairy tale’s are written and dream’s are realised!

Written by: Tono

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