In preperation for the start of the French Open today, I decided that I would do a bit of a history lesson and share with you all. After all, if we don't know where we've been, how do we know where we're going?
The French Open (sometimes referred to as Roland Garros) is held in Paris, Francs at the Stade Roland Garros, named after a WW1 fighter aircraft pilot who was the first man to fly over the Medditerranean Sea. Hopefully I will also get to visit this place first hand one day, taking a gander at the stadium's very own Tenniseum (museum of tennis).
The French open is the second in the tennis calendar of grand slams and the priemeir clay tournament in the world. Because of the physical demand of clay courts, many say that the French Open is one of the most taxing sporting events in the world. The tournament generally commences around mid-May, early June. The first tournament was held way back in 1891 and women were allowed to participate in 1897. In 1968, te French Open became the first tournament to allow both amateurs and professionals to compete together.
Last year's champions of the French Open
Men's singles - Rafael Nadal
Women's singles - Ana Invaovic
Winner of the most men's titles - Björn Borg with 8
Winner of the most women's titles - Chris Evert with 7
This is what happens when you try to trick people at the French Open.
This is Michael Chang in the 1989 French Open. Stand by for the French Open preview and updates as we get into play.