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French Open History, Trivia & Stats

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Seeing as this is a tennis blog with a focus on the majors, I thought today I’d begin a short series on these four tennis events – Grand Slam 101 I guess you’d call it. With the French Open being the next event on the calendar, I decided that made it as good a place to start as any.

French Open Originally Very Patriotic

The French Open began in 1891 as a national tournament, and remained closed to foreign players until 1925. It was originally known as Championat de France International de Tennis, or The French Championship. It changed its name to The French Open in 1968 when it became the first Grand Slam tournament to go open, accepting both amateurs and professionals.

French men’s tennis in the late 20′s and early 30′s was very strong, with ‘The Four Musketeers’ as their top quartet of players were known, claiming 20 singles majors and 23 doubles titles over this period.

After these legends of French tennis claimed the Davis Cup in 1927, a decision was made to build a new stadium that could play host to their defense of the Cup. Tennis authorities were provided with three acres of land on which to build their new facility, on the proviso that it be named after World War 1 pilot, Roland Garros. The tournament has been held here ever since and is now played on clay, with grass being the original surface of the stadium.

The Clay Produces Some Unusual Champions

Being played on a different surface to the rest of the more »

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