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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

French Open Men's Seeds 2010:.

  1. Roger Federer
  2. Rafael Nadal
  3. Novak Djokovic
  4. Andy Murray
  5. Robin Soderling

French Open Wonen's Seeds 2010:.

  1. Serena Williams
  2. Venus Williams
  3. Caroline Wozniacki
  4. Jelena Jankovic
  5. Elena Dementieva
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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
yes it is  :)
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"FBGirl" wrote:I like cheerleading, but definitely NOT a sport! Sports are physical activity with competition and GEAR. The closest thing cheerleaders have to gear are pom-poms. And, yeah. Boys CAN cheerlead, but chances are they will be made fun of(not by me). Cheerleaders do A LOT of physical cheers and stunts, and we use ourselves instead of gear. A lot and most people underestimate cheerleaders for just some girls with poms and uniforms going "go team! yay!" because they have seen that in movies and tv. look up some cheer comp videos and still only some people with change their view of cheerleaders as girls on the sidelines doing uncreative cheers and stupid words to match. I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about cheerleading and cheerleaders. Peace Out!
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"lamiraclelemiracle" wrote:no cheering is not a sport it's something to turn people and the players up I was a cheerleader for 2 years (before I aged out) and we do not only wave pom poms int the air and yell "go team!!". All cheerleaders and coaches put A LOT of effort and time into making and practicing cheers. It is true that cheerleaders turn people and the players on...but it's much more than that. it's about having fun, teamwork, having some more fun, getting some exercise (uh that kinda makes it a sport right?), and great times with the other girls on your squad.   Rant over lol
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Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
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