10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE FRENCH OPEN
Every year the French Open brings Roland Garros to life as many tennis fans come to the clay courts to witness the biggest stars battle it out for the French Open title. This year the tournament has been given the go ahead in September and we have Official Hospitality options available.
With global audiences in the millions, the French Open is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious tennis events on the calendar and serves as one of the most exclusive occasions to entertain guests at a magnificent sporting event.
An iconic tennis tournament, the event is steeped in history and record-breaking events. Take a look at some of the top 10 facts of the French Open...
1. The first French Open was played in 1891. It has been played at its current location (Stade Roland-Garros in Paris) since 1928.
2. It is the only Grand Slam tournament played on a clay court, a surface that slows down the ball and produces higher bounces.
3. Rafael Nadal has the most men’s singles wins with 11.
4. The Roland Garros is named after a French World War I pilot (and tennis fan) who became the first man to fly over the Mediterranean Sea.
5. The tournament was cancelled between 1940 – 1945 due to World War II.
6. In 1968, the Roland Garros was the first Grand Slam to become an open tournament.
7. Li Na became the first Chinese national to win a Grand Slam in 2011.
8. Roland Garros is a Grand Slam event along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open, it is one of the biggest annual tournaments in the world.
9. The clay surface upon which all of the matches are played isn’t actually made of clay, but three inches of white limestone and a powdering of red brick dust that gives it its distinctive colour. The surface slows down the ball and produces higher bounces.
10. The Prize for winning the Men’s singles event is called the Musketeers up which is named after the legendary French tennis stars; Rene Lacoste, Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon and Jean Borotra. The prize for the Women’s single is the Suzanne-lenglen cup which is named after Suzanne Lenglen herself who had six French Open titles to her name.