INTRODUCTION: The French Open Tennis Championships is one of the most prestigious and popular tennis tournaments in the world
The French Open Tennis has an intriguing history. The event:
- Dates back to 1891 with the first women’s tournament in 1897.
- French Open Tennis was first held in Paris.
- French Open Tennis is 112 years old
- Originated in England
- Began with a one-day national championship.
- French Open went international in 1925
- French open tennis was not held officially from 1939-45, during the World War-II.
- The period after the war is said to be the “Golden Era” in French Tennis.
- French Open Tennis was initially played on grass.
- A red- clay court was first introduced in 1921.
- French open is officially referred to as the Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros or Tournoi de Roland-Garros
- French open tennis currently held at the Stade Roland Garros.
- The Stade Roland Garros became the home of French Open Tennis after the Four French Musketeers- Jacques "Toto" Brugnon, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste defeated Americans at the Davis Cup in 1927.
In the history of French Open Tennis, the first players to take home the French Open Championships were:
- Françoise Masson for the first women’s tournament in 1897
- Rose wall for being the first to claim the French Open's 15,000 francs prize money
- Henri Cochet for winning the first French open men's title in the inaugural year at the Stade Roland Garros in 1928.
- Althea Gibson for becoming the first African-American player to win a Grand Slam event in 1956
French Open has come a long way since its humble beginning. Presently, the French Open Tennis Championship:
- Is held in Paris, France
- French open ranks second in the Grand Slam tournaments after Australian Open
- French open tennis declares a prize money of 15, 264, 500 Francs
- French open grand slam event held outdoors on a clay court.
- This event is considered one of the toughest and physically demanding games.
- French open tennis has been inaugurated on a Sunday and 12 singles matches are being played across three courts since 2006.
- French open announced equal prize money for men's tournament and women's tournament since 2007.
Playing on a clay court is different from the traditional lawn-tennis in many ways.
- A clay court reduces the speed of the ball.
- On the red clay of Roland, the ball's forward speed is converted to upward bounce.
- The hitter gets a higher point of contact and a little more time.
- Requires special skill and practice to get accustomed to the clay court surface.
- Clay court favors baseline players and heavy top-spinners
- A clay court facilitates longer swings from below to above the point of contact.
Players who specialize in playing on clay courts(French Open Tennis) are:
- Rafael Nadal,
- Gustavo Kuerten and
- Juan Carlos Ferrero
- Bjorn Borg
- Henri Cochet
- Gustavo Kuerten
- Rene Lacoste
- Ivan Lendl
- Mats Wilander
Famous players who are not suited to play on the clay court are:
- Pete Sampras
- Roger Federer
- Jimmy Connors
- Lindsay Davenport,
- Maria Sharapova, and
- Martina Hingis
Dimenssions of the French Open Tennis Clay Court
- Length of clay court is 78 feet (23.77 m)
- Clay court width for singles matches: 27 feet (8.23 m)
- Clay court for doubles matches: 36 feet (10.97 m).
- Net: net is 3 feet 6 inches (1.07 m) high at the posts, and 3 feet (914 mm) high in the center.
- Additional clear space around the clay court: 60 feet by 120 feet.
- Deuce court is the court on the right side of each player.
- The court on the left side of each player is called the ad court.
Roland Garros and The French Open Tennis:
- Roland Garros was a dare-devil aviator during the First World War.
- Roland Garros was the first man to fly over the Mediterranean Sea in 1913.
- Garros was an honored member of the Stade Francaise.
- Stade Francaise was handed over to the French Tennis Federation on the condition that it is named after Roland Garros.
- The stadium was named after this legendary pilot a decade after Roland death.
- The French Open Tennis 2008 will be held from 20th May 2008 to 8th June 2008.
- Online reservation period for the tennis 2008 championship tickets ends on 14th March, 2008.
- Allocation of seats according to the cheap tickets, expensive tickets will be announced on 7th April 2008 after the lottery draw on the French Open tennis 2008 online tickets.
- E-tickets or online french open tickets will be mailed to the recipients after the lottery draw on tickets.
- French open tennis 2008 tickets will be shipped from 15TH April 2008 onwards.
- To book French open tennis 2008 tickets , buyers are required to fill in a registration form online with a credit card payment or post the form with the payment to the ticketing department at Federation Française de Tennis.
The Stade Francaise has three courts which are the permanent venues for French Open tennis tournaments. These, along with their seating capacity are mentioned below.
- Philippe Chatrier court: 14,884 places
- Suzanne Lenglen court: 9,953 places
- No. 1 court: 3,792 places
The term “Draw” in French open tennis 2008 tournament refers to the tennis schedule chart for ranked and seeded players across matches in terms of selection, distribution, teaming.
- Men’s and women’s French Open tennis 2008 draw has 128 players each.
- French open tennis 2008 draw is divided into four sections of 32 players each.
- The 1st round therefore has 64 matches in all with 16 matches in each French Open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) section.
- The four sections are shortened to 2 halves of 32 players each who qualify for the 2nd round in French Open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) .
- 32 players play in the 3rd round of French Open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008)
- 16 players play in the 4th round out of which 8 players qualify for the French open 2008 quarter-finals.
- The 4 subsequent winners go on to play the French open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) semifinals.
- The best of four then play the French open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) finals for the championship title.
French Open Tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) Men's and Women's Doubles Teams:
- Men’s doubles French open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) draw has 64 teams.
- Women’s doubles French open draw has 64 teams.
- In French Open 2008(Roland Garros 2008) mixed doubles draw has 32 teams.
Tennis French open tennis scores may seem a lot more complicated on paper but for a tennis fan, it is no more than a cake-walk.
- Scores system in French Open tennis 2008 is identical in the singles and doubles games.
- What differentiates French Open scores from the scores in other tournaments is that in French Open the score nomenclature is done in French.
- The matches commence with a toss and the winner gets preference for the side or the service.
- A tennis game, in absence of a tie, is played to four points, designated by the terms 15, 30, 40, and game.
- In tennis tournament Zero points is referred to by the term “love”
- A tie at 40 is called deuce.
- Since a player needs two points to win a game, the game continues from deuce until one player wins two points over the other.
- After reaching deuce, the player who wins a single point has the “advantage”. The next point won by the opponent would always lead to a deuce.
- A “no-ad” system is employed in mixed doubles which refers to a single point after deuce that can win a game.
- In tennis scoring, the score of the server is always announced first.
- After each odd-numbered game, the players or teams switch sides in the tennis courts.
- Players are required to win six games to win the set, but they must win by at least two games.
- A tiebreaker played to 7 points or more, is employed when a set becomes tired at 6-6.
- The winner of a tiebreaker is the winner of the set.
- Tennis matches are usually the best two out of three sets for women’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles and the best three out of five sets for men’s singles.
- The same player does the service for a single game and the service is switched after each game.
French Open Tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) Duration and Timings
- The French Open tennis 2008 Tournament is a periodic sporting event:
- That takes place once every year
- French Open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) commences on 27th of May to 10th of June
- The French open tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) matches schedule is spread over a two-week period
French Open Tennis 2008(Roland Garros 2008) Schedule :
- Sunday May 27th 2008 to Sunday June 3rd 2008: Matches start at 11am
- Monday June 4th 2008 to Tuesday June 5th 2008: Matches start at 12 noon
- Wednesday June 6th 2008: Matches start at 11 am – French open mens quarter-finals at noon
- Thursday June 7th 2008: Matches start at 11 am – French Open Women's semi-finals at 2pm
- Friday June 8th 2008: Matches start at 11am – French Open Men's semi-finals at 1pm
- Saturday June 9th 2008: Matches start at 11 am – French Open Women's final at 3pm
- Sunday June 10th 2008: Matches start at 11am – French Open Mens final at 3pm
French Open Tennis 2006 Men’s Single Semi-finals:
- Roger Federer (Sui) beat David Nalbandian (Arg) by 3-6 6-4 5-2 (Ret'd)
- Rafael Nadal (Esp) beat Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) by 6-4 6-2 7-6(9-7)
French Open Tennis 2006 Men’s Single Finals:
- Rafael Nadal (ESP) beat Roger Federer (Sui) by 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(7-4)
French Open Tennis 2006 Women’s Single Semi-Finals:
- Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) beat Nicole Vaidisova by 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6(7-4)
- Justine Henin (Bel) beat Kim Clijsters (Bel) by 6-3 6-2
French Open Tennis 2006 Women’s Single Finals:
- Justine Henin (Bel) beat Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) by 6-4, 6-4
French Open Tennis 2006 Men's Doubles Semi-finals:
- Bob Bryan (USA) & Mike Bryan (USA) bt (15) Andrei Pavel (Rom) & Alexander Waske (Ger) 6-3 7-6 (8-6)
- Jonas Bjorkman (Swe) & Max Mirnyi (Blr) bt (13) Lukas Dlouhy (Cze) & Pavel Viziers (Cze) 6-3 6-3
French Open Tennis 2006 Mixed Doubles Semi-finals:
- Katarina Srebotnik (Slo) & Nenad Zimonjic (Ser) bt Vera Zvonareva (Rus) & Andy Ram (Isr) 6-4 6-2
- Elena Likhovtseva (Rus) & Daniel Nestor (Can) bt (6) Martina Navratilova (USA) & Bob Bryan (USA) 3-6 6-3 6-2
French Open Tennis 2006 Women's Doubles semi-finals:
- Lisa Raymond (USA) & Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt (15) Eleni Daniilidou (Gre) & Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spa) 6-2 6-2
- Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) & Ai Sugiyama (Jpn) bt (4) Zi Yan (Chn) & Jie Zheng (Chn) 3-6 6-3 6-3
French Open Tennis 2006 Mixed Doubles final:
- Katarina Srebotnik (Slo) & Nenad Zimonjic (Ser) bt (7) Elena Likhovtseva (Rus) & Daniel Nestor (Can) 6-3 6-4
French Open Tennis 2006 Men's Doubles final:
- Jonas Bjorkman (Swe) & Max Mirnyi (Blr) bt (1) Bob Bryan (USA) & Mike Bryan (USA) 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-5
French Open Tennis 2006 Women's Doubles final:
- Lisa Raymond (USA) & Samantha Stosur (Aus) bt (5) Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) & Ai Sugiyama (Jpn) 6-3 6-2
- World no 1 Swiss Ace Roger Federer beat Nikolay Davydenko in the French Open Tennis 2007 semifinals match for a place in the finals.
- The result saw Roger Federer steer clear in straight sets of 7-5, 7-6(7-5), 7-6(9-7).
- The other French Open Tennis 2007 semifinal match was between 2 times French open champion Rafael Nadal taking on Novak Djokovich for a chance to make it three in a row. He won 7-5, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the French Open Tennis 2007 finals.
- In the French Open Tennis 2007 final match Roger federer was eyeing for a win to add the only grand slam title missing from his kitty but so was not to be as he lost out to Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6.
- In the women’s race for the title the French Open Tennis 2007 semifinal matches saw Justine Henin Herdenne play Serbian Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova face another Serbian Ana Ivanovic.
- The first French Open Tennis 2007 semifinal was won comprehensively by Justine 6-2, 6-2 whereas Ana eased past Sharapova 6-2, 6-1.
- The French Open Tennis 2007 final match resulted in Justine going past Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2 to claim her French Open Tournament title third time in a row.
French Open Tennis 2007 Men’s doubles Semifinals
- Lucas Dlouhy/ Pavel Vizner beat Fabrice Santoro/ Nenad Zimonjic with a score of 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
- Mark Knowles/ Daniel Nestor beat Mahesh Bhupathi/ Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4.
French Open Tennis 2007 Men’s doubles Finals
- Mark Knowles/ Daniel Nestor beat Lucas Dlouhy/ Pavel Vizner with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
French Open Tennis 2007 Women’s doubles semifinals
- Katarina Srebotnik/ Ai Sujiyama beat Lisa Raymond/ Samantha Stosur by 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
- Alicia Molik/ Mara Santangelo beat Cara Black/ Liezel Huber by 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
French Open Tennis 2007 Women’s doubles Finals
- Alicia Molik/ Mara Santangelo beat Katarina Srebotnik/ Ai Sujiyama by 7-6(7-5), 6-4.
French Open Tennis 2007 Mixed doubles Semifinals
- Katarina Srebotnik/ Nenad Zimonjic beat Zi Yan/ Mark Knowles by 6-3, 6-4.
- Nathalie Dechy/ Andy Ram beat Tiantian Sun/ Julian Knowle by 6-2, 6-4
French Open Tennis 2007 Mixed doubles Finals
Nathalie Dechy/ Andy Ram beat Katarina Srebotnik/ Nenad Zimonjic by 7-5, 6-3.