French Open, also called Roland Garros, starts on the last Sunday in May and lasts exactly two weeks. This is the second Grand Slam tournament and it follows the Australian Open. The strongest tennis players from the first places of the ATP and WTA rankings join the main tournament without qualification. The rest of the athletes must make their way to the main draw through the qualifying matches, they start two weeks before the start of the main tournament. As a result, 128 participants of Roland Garros are chosen.
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Interesting facts about the French Open tennis tournament
Roland Garros participants compete on clay courts. The tournament is actually considered the world championship on clay courts. The surface is a special feature of the championship because it is difficult to play on it even for experienced tennis players. That’s why sensations often happen there.
The Roland Garros tennis complex has 24 courts. Three of them are considered the main ones, they host semi-finals and finals, as well as matches that arouse the greatest public interest. Smaller stadiums host qualifying matches and games that are not very popular with spectators.
Roland Garros annually attracts the strongest tennis players in the world, who compete for valuable prizes and awards. What does the winner get? First of all, respect in the world of tennis. Winning one of the Grand Slam tournaments is a recognition of professionalism and skill in the tennis community. Of course, there are also financial rewards. Last year, the singles winners each received € 2.3 million.
The most awarded male tennis player of Roland Garros is Rafael Nadal. He won the tournament 12 times. The most awarded female tennis player is Chris Evert, who has 7 victories in the tournament.
The youngest male winner is American Michael Chang. At the time of his triumph, he was 17 years and 3 months old. The youngest female winner is Monica Seles, she was only 16 years old and 6 months old when she won Roland Garros.