French Open

Nadal holds the French Open trophy
Li Na poses with her trophy near the Eiffel Tower

Spanish player Rafael Nadal won the Men’s Singles title at the French Open by defeating Roger Federer in an exciting match on Sunday. With this, Nadal has won the French Open six times, more times than any one else in recent times. Nadal and Bjorn Borg (a Swedish player who played around 20 years ago) are the only players to have won the French Open so many number of times.

The Women’s Singles title was won by Li Na of China who defeated Francesca Schiavone on Saturday. Li Na has become the first Asian woman to win a Grand Slam title. The French Open is one of the four most important tennis tournaments in the world—these 4 are called Grand Slams. The other three are the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

 

 

Nadal holds the French Open trophy

 

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza became the first female player in the country to reach the Women’s Doubles final of the French Open but she and her partner Elena Vesnina (Russia) failed to win the match. They lost to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of Czechoslovakia.

The Czech ladies played better shots than the Mirza-Vesnina pair to win the game. They won both the first and second sets and hence won 2-0. In women’s tennis, teams play the best of three sets, so if a team wins the first two sets in a row, they automatically win the match.

In other matches, Rafael Nadal (Spain), who won the Open last year, beat Andy Murray (England) to reach the Men’s Singles final. He will play the winner of the Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic match on Sunday.

Don’t forget to watch the Women’s Singles final tomorrow (Saturday) where Li Na of China will battle against Italy’s Francesca Schiavone.

 

 

All of you who follow tennis keenly will know that the French Open has been taking place over the last two weeks in Paris, the capital of France. The French Open is one of the four most important tennis tournaments of the year – these four are called the Grand Slams. The other three are the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

The tournament is called an ‘Open’ because it is open to both amateur and professional tennis players. Professionals are those sportspersons who play a sport to earn money. Amateurs usually do not get paid any money for taking part in a sports tournament.

All of you who follow tennis keenly will know that the French Open has been taking place over the last two weeks in Paris, the capital of France. The French Open is one of the four most important tennis tournaments of the year – these four are called the Grand Slams. The other three are the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

The tournament is called an ‘Open’ because it is open to both amateur and professional tennis players. Professionals are those sportspersons who play a sport to earn money. Amateurs usually do not get paid any money for taking part in a sports tournament.

How is the French Open played?

Spanish player Rafael Nadal who won the Men’s Single’s title in 2010.

The French Open began as a competition mainly for French players 120 years ago. Today it is open to people of all nations.

The championship is held at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris which is named after a famous French pilot named Roland Garros who lived a long time ago. The French Open is always played during the last week of May and first week of June each year. It is played on clay courts on which the ball moves much slower than on grass and artificial (which have a man-made covering) courts.

Main Competitions

The tournament has the following main competitions:

  • Men’s Singles (single player)
  • Women’s Singles (single player)
  • Men’s Doubles (two players)
  • Women’s Doubles (two players)
  • Mixed Doubles (two players with one male and female player per team)

 

Interesting French Open records

Chris Evert

  • Swedish player Bjorn Borg has won the Open 6 times—more than any other male player in recent history
  • But the record for most number of recent French Open wins goes to a woman – Chris Evert who won the title seven times
  • The youngest player to win at the French Open was Monica Seles who won the Women’s Singles in 1990 at the age of 16
  • The longest match at the French Open took place in 2004 and lasted more than 6 hours!

Indian Winners at the French Open

Indian players have done best in the Men’s Doubles event at the French Open. The doubles team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi has been the most successful here.

Leander Paes (left) and Mahesh Bhupathi (right)
  • Paes and Bhupathi won the Men’s Doubles event in 1999 and 2001
  • In 2009 Paes won along with Czechoslovakian player Lukas Dlouhy in the Men’s Doubles
  • Bhupathi won the Mixed Doubles in 1997

In fact Paes and Bhupathi were so successful together as a doubles team that people began calling them “The Indian Express.”

But the earliest Indian victory in the French Open belongs to Ramesh Krishnan who won the Boy’s Singles title in 1979. Krishnan was an important tennis player for India in the 1980s (1981 to 1990).

An old black and white photograph of a young Ramesh Krishnan

 

 

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her partner Elena Vesnina have made it to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles event at French Open tennis tournament in Paris. Sania and Elena beat the No.1 ranked ladies doubles pair of Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta in the quarter final to reach the semis.

 

 

The French Open, one of the most important tennis tournaments in the world, got off to a start in Paris on Sunday. The French Open is one of the four Grand Slams which are the four most important tennis tournaments in the world. The matches, which are held in the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, are played on clay courts.