French Open Tennis Facts
It's one of the world's biggest tennis tournaments and the only one played on clay. Check out Kidzworld's facts on the French Open.
French Open - History
- The French Open has been held in Paris every year since 1891, except from 1939-1945, when it was cancelled because of World War II.
- Women's singles were added to the French Open in 1897. In 1925, the French Open was opened up to the best foreign players.
- In 1928, the French Open was held at Roland-Garros, for the first time. The new stadium was named after a former French tennis player who was also the first pilot to fly over the Mediterranean Sea.
French Open - Victories at Home
Victories at the French Open by French tennis players have been few and far between. They happen about as often as Paris Hilton makes a statement of profound intellect. Only two men and three women from France have won singles' titles at the French Open. The last French person to win at Roland-Garros was Mary Pierce in 2000.
French Open - Clay Courts
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tennis tournament played on clay courts. On clay, the ball bounces much higher than on other surfaces so players have to hit the ball at shoulder level. The ball also travels slower on a clay surface, so rallies tend to last longer, which means players spend more time running back and forth. Moving around on a clay surface can also be more difficult for players because the clay isn't as firm as a hard court surface.
French Open - 2010 Top Seeds
- Roger Federer
- Rafael Nadal
- Novak Djokovic
- Andy Murray
- Robin Soderling
- Serena Williams
- Venus Williams
- Caroline Wozniacki
- Jelena Jankovic
- Elena Dementieva