French Open : Trivia

French Open Trivia

1. French Open is the only Major tournament which is played on the red clay surface, at Roland Garros. Australian Open and the US Open are played on the faster hard courts, while Wimbledon is famous for its grass courts.

2. Roland Garros, after whom the French Open was named, was a pioneer aviator, who completed the first solo flight across the Mediterranean Sea. He invented the first forward-firing aircraft machine gun and was killed in aerial combat in 1918.

3. The French Open is played every year in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. Named after the famous French aviator Roland Garros. French Open is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world because of the slow playing surface.

4. The Stade de Roland Garros was built to defend the 1928 Davis Cup in the French soil after the Mousquetaires or the Philadelphia Four -- Rene Lacoste, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet and Jacques Brugnon. They won the 1927 Davis Cup on America soil.

5. In 1968, the French Championships became the first Grand Slam tournament to go open, allowing both amateurs and professionals to compete.

6. Since 1981, new awards at the French Open have been presented other than the main trophy. Prix Orange, Prix Citron and Prix Bourgeon are also given to different players. The Prix Orange is meant for the player demonstrating the best sportsmanship and cooperative attitude with the press. The Prix Citron is given to the player with the strongest character and personality. And the Prix Bourgeon is for the tennis player revelation of the year.

7. Players who prefer serve and volley style of play find it hard to excel on clay, because it slow downs and produces a high bounce. Pete Sampras, one giant of a serve and volley player, never won a clay court French Open title.

8. Li Na won her first-ever Grand Slam tennis singles title at Roland Garros in 2010, and thus the first-ever Grand Slam singles title for Asia and China arrived thanks to the clay of French Open.

9. Ever since 2005, French Open has became synonymous with Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard won a record eight singles titles in two stretches from 2005-08 then 2010-13. Bjorn Borg, who himself won six titles, had earlier recorded four consecutive times.

10. Indian ace Leander Paes have won a record three French Open mens doubles titles like other legends of the game Paul Haarhuis and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Australian Roy Emerson won six French Open mens doubles titles. A record.