French Open Tennis

The French Open (known also as the Tournoi de Roland-Garros) is one of the four Grand Slam Tennis events. The first ever French Championships were held back in 1891. They were originally reserved for members of French clubs and held on the courts of the Stade Français club in Paris. The women's singles were added six years later, but it was not until 1925 that the French Tennis Federation decided to open the event to the best foreign players. Thus, the French Internationals were born, and staged alternately at Stade Français and the Racing Club de France until the Roland-Garros stadium was built in 1928. The Roland-Garros stadium continued to enjoy centre stage, hosting the French Internationals every year. Though it had to be cancelled from 1940 to 1945 due to the Second World War, Roland-Garros went from strength to strength in the post-war period, reflecting the growth of tennis. A new era began in 1968 with the French Championships becoming the first "open" Grand Slam tournament, bringing together amateurs and professionals who had previously played separately. The late 1970s and early 1980s were a magical era for tennis in general and Roland-Garros in particular. Björn Borg’s six titles added considerably to the lustre of the tournament, while Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander and Gustavo Kuerten all contributed to the legendary reputation of the French Open Championships.

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