Roland Garros Tournament History from Early days

by: TennisMood May 29, 2017 837

Roland Garros Tournament History from Early days

Tournament Info

Founded: 1891, 125 years ago
Dates: 28 May – 11 June 2017
Edition: 116th
Category: Grand Slam tournament (ITF)
Draw: 128S/64D/32X
Venue: Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France
Main Stadiums:
Court Philippe Chatrier – 14,840 capacity
Court Suzanne Lenglen – 10,068 capacity
Tier: Grand Slams
French Open Prize Money: €16,790,000
Surface: Clay
Director: Guy Forget

Roland Garros History. Origins of the tournament

The tournament which is known as one of the toughest among Grand Slams has adopted its name after French aviator, Roland Garros. Its chronicles now can boast many prominent names of tennis history, but in 1891 everything was just beginning. There were no open competitions at first. Conservative rules of pre-Open Era allowed only the Club Stade Français members to step on the court. Max Decugis reigned over the attention of the audience then. Eight wins between 1903 and 1914. Until construction, the event was held at Stade Français or the Racing Club de France. Women first came in the tournament in 1897. Internationals were welcomed at the newly built Roland-Garros stadium nearly thirty years after.

Between 1920 and 1928 Suzanne Lenglen won six times in the women’s, becoming a new star of the sport. At the same time (1922-1932) the four Musketeers enjoyed the victories. Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon, Jean Borotra and René Lacoste gained 10 singles titles at home and won American Davis Cup in 1927. The French Lawn Tennis Federation decided that on this occasion a new stadium must be built – that was done in record time by the next year. In 1979, five more courts were added to existing five. The other extensions took place in 1986 and 1922-24, completing finally the close to the current structure of the stadium complex, among 20 courts of which 2 show courts has been named after Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen.

The post-war Golden Era

The tennis players that have been saluted on the stadium each have unforgettable plays and achievements. After the World War II, the game here opened for juniors. For boys in 1947, for girls in 1953 and in 1981 doubles were introduced. The French Open dived right into the Open Era in 1968 – first among Grand Slams. This period was a truly golden era. The Australians got ahead of the game – Ken Rosewall, Rod Laver, and Margaret Court, whose record of 13 Roland-Garros titles, won between 1962 and 1973, is still unbeaten (five singles, four doubles and four mixed). Ivan Lendl, Monica Seles, and Gustavo Kuerten all gained three titles. Justine Hénin won four titles, and Steffi Graf bagged six. Actually the 90s became remarkable for the beginning of a real Spanish conquest, where fans could catch a glimpse of future headliner Rafael Nadal French Open, who set the world record of winning nine titles at the same major event, in plays of Arantxa Sanchez, Carlos Moya, Albert Costa, Sergi Bruguera, and Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Since the beginning of Open Era, the only French players that won singles were Yannick Noah (1983) and Mary Pierce (2000). Instead, the court has become the place of trial and triumph. Björn Borg, Chris Evert, and Roger Federer are those, whose performances impress with style, endurance, and dedication. However, the title hasn’t been achieved by some greatest players. Such as Bill Tilden, Jimmy Connors, Maria Bueno, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Martina Hingis, Pete Sampras and Venus Williams. In 2016, Serbian Novak Djokovic completed his Career Grand Slam by the first win at Roland Garros in singles (and 12th Grand Slam singles altogether).

Roland Garros hosts Borg and Evert.

Any ardent tennis fan admits the fact that late 1970s and early 1980s were the times of many miracles. The French Open was not an exception. Ivan Lendl, Gustavo Kuerten and Mats Wilander were just like icing on the cake in the particular glory days.
Competing with Martina Navratilova for years, Chris Evert has had a series of wins over her, yet both have made the public burst with excitement. Steffi Graf had been arresting fans’ attention until her last title in 1999. Irrepressible Monica Seles gained three consecutive titles from 1990 to 1992. These names can’t be erased either from people’s hearts or history of great tennis achievements.

Nadal the King of Clay.

On-court battles at the French Open are perhaps most exhausting of tennis tournaments ever held, partly due to the clay court which is a synonym for Roland Garros. It seems that even French players haven’t quite got adapted to technical peculiarities of games. Although they are played on the most famous clay courts. That’s why not so many of the acknowledged tennis stars, performing successfully at the other three Grand Slams, have won the French Open. The dominance belongs to Rafael Nadal at French Open.

For sure, he has lifted the trophy for 9 times. There obviously must be a kind of regularity of the Spanish lucky star at Roland Garros, considering that most of those who seem to be free-and-easy at the tournament are from Spain. Recently, the new champion of this event, Novak Djokovic from Serbia, diluted a bit this concentration. Still, the record is held by Nadal at French Open.

Roland Garros 2016

When did the French Open start? It has just welcomed its guests (from 22 May to 5 June) for the 155th time since the foundation. The only Grand Slam played on clay courts, it was held at the Stade Roland Garros. Now the number of courts is 22. 3 are main show courts – Court Philippe Chatrier, Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court 1. It is the second major event of the year (after the Australian Open held in January), in which junior and professional players compete in singles and doubles sets, wheelchair players also participate in the UNIQLO tour. Professionals take part in mixed doubles play as well. This tournament is supported by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is held as a part of the 2016 ATP World Tour and the 2016 WTA Tour.

The champions emerged that year are Novak Djokovic (won against Andy Murray) and Garbiñe Muguruza (overcame Serena Williams). Djokovic at French Open joined Laver. Then Agassi, Federer, and Nadal in completing his career Grand Slam and now he holds all major titles at once, repeating 1969 Laver’s record. Stan Wawrinka proceeded to semifinals and got beaten by Murray, while two players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal withdrew because of injuries. For Federer, it was the first time he missed the Grand Slam. Last time was the Australian Open in 2000. While Nadal’s absence was the first in the consequence of successful career steps at Roland Garros.

Roland Garros the Aviator history (1980)

The name of Roland Garros has a legendary reputation, though a striking amount of people are still associating it with sport – of course, by mistake. Apart from the tournament, it has nothing to do with tennis. Garros’s life was out of ordinary: brave pilot and warrior, he was the first to cross the Mediterranean Sea on air, which took place in September 1913.

He was born on Reunion Island in its capital, Saint-Denis-de-La-Réunion. He had only 3-year practice before the crossing, but even that time proved his outstanding skills. Later, during the World War I, he would act as a hero and set several records on his special ‘court‘- endless sky. Captured in 1915, he managed to escape and return to what was his best skill. Garros died as he lived – there above the Earth, in an air battle.

Clay courts: origins, design and maintenance

The origins of the clay court

Though Wimbledon is strongly associated with the grass surface, the clay court is considered to be invented in England. Unlike rainy and misty England, the sun in Cannes, where William Renshaw was giving tennis lessons in late 19th century, made the grass to burn and to lose its shine. In order to protect it, he thought of covering the grass. With a thin layer of red powder produced from rejects of the clay pot manufacture in Vallauris, which is located in the south of France.

The wasters were ground down. Thus the first clay court appeared. By the way, to cover one court it is needed no less than two tons of red brick. It gives the surface famous ochre color. Perhaps the secret of Spanish and South Americans success on clay courts is that their countries comprise territories with red dirt, so the players had a chance to work out the skill connected to dealing with the slowest of surfaces.
Two tons of red brick are needed to cover a clay court.
*photo of the court composition

Composition of a clay court at Roland-Garros

Red brick dust: 1 – 2 mm
Crushed white limestone: 6 – 7 cm
Clinker (coal residue): 7 – 8 cm
Crushed gravel: at least 30 cm

Court maintenance during the tournament

Every morning workers uncover the courts and sweep the lines. Between each set, during the matches, they check the net and sweep the lines. Clay courts require careful maintenance, so at the end of each match, besides checking the net and sweeping the lines, these courts are watered, as well as in the evening.

Roland Garros History Winners:

The Legend-Players in Roland Garros History. A year-by-year review

1968-1973: Australia Rules.

1973 : Nastase – without dropping a set!

Ilie Nastase collected one victory after another and was certainly going great guns. The French Open results impressed: a fortnight without dropping a set! Having been temporarily interrupted by rain, he went on then to take over in a set with unseeded Nikki Pilic, who upset Adriano Panatta in the semi-final. However, the pièce de résistance was Björn Borg, celebrating his 17th birthday all the tournament. Despite the defeat in the Round of 16 with Panatta, he just cut a dash by his looks.

In the women’s singles, young sensation Chris Evert caused a stir. The victorious player has won both 29 matches and fans’ hearts but was stopped by the Australian Margaret Court. Well, Evert is going to reign from now on anyway. While Court has just gained her final fifth title.
Ilie Nastase (ROM) def Nikki Pilic (CRO), 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
Margaret Smith Court (AUS) def Chris Evert (USA), 6-7 7-6, 6-4

1972 : Billie Jean and Gimeno rule

What happened could be called ‘an almost-record’ that is approaching of a Frenchman to the final for the first time since Pierre Darmon in 1963! During the 1971 French Open, Patrick Proisy was invited to the Elysée Palace with other promising French sportsmen and women to meet Georges Pompidou, who assured him that he could win Roland-Garros in the near future. Patrick Proisy amazed crowds. Overcoming first double-defending champion Jan Kodes in the quarter-finals, he followed Georges Pompidou’s words about quite possible winning at the French Open. Serious competitor, Spaniard Manolo Orantes had to give way in semis. The fortune changed when dealing with Andres Gimeno, who became the oldest winner of the men’s singles by beating Proisy.

The top two seeds, Nancy Richey and Evonne Goolagong, were the favorites in women’s. Goolagong confidently went to the final. Dropping a match only to Billie Jean King of USA (6-3, 6-3), previously – the winner of every possible tennis event except the French Open. Next-year founder of WTA, King was unstoppable at the majors, yet missing the Australian Open.
Andres Gimeno (ESP) def. Patrick Proisy (FRA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
Billie Jean King (USA) def. Evonne Goolagong (AUS), 6-3, 6-3

1971 : Double for Kodes, first for Goolagong

Jan Kodes and Ilie Nastase were rivals expected to perform a great battle, considering their rememberable fight in Niece. Both born in 1946, they competed from the very beginning of their careers. The restless Romanian used to get a rise out of the Czech and got Kodes himself out of the court too (during the Monte-Carlo tournament, Kodes left the game after three sets against Nastase). In Paris, the ball got in Kodes’s court. Upsetting the old rival inspired the Czech to fight out the place of the fifth man doing the double at Roland Garros, with Nicola Pietrangeli as an antecedent in 1959-1960. Another animation emerged from Australian Lew Hoad’s returning, who was absent for 13 years and from Arthur Ashe losing the quarter-finals to Frank Froehling. The latter caused many discussions concerning his forehand backswing.

After two years of irresistible dominance at Grand Slams, Margaret Smith Court gave way to French Gail Chanfreau. Evonne Goolagong of Australia took the prize by defeating unseeded Helen Gourlay.

Jan Kodes (CZE) def. IlieNastase (ROM) 8-6, 6-2 2-6 7-5
EvonneGoolagong (AUS) def Helen Gourlay (AUS), 6-3 7-5

1970 : The year of Court

Jan Kodes managed to defend Europe’s reputation, though he had his work cut out, almost dropping twice in plays against Georges Goven in semi-final and Ion Tiriac in the Round of 16. Then the chance just fell into Kodes’s lap. Croatian Zeljko Franulovic in final turned out to be even more exhausted by fighting against Cliff Richey.

A lucky streak continued for Margaret Court by adding the third major title. Despite the fact that Russian Olga Morozova led the game at first, Court overcame her, as well as Helga Niessen in final. The latter turned out to be a dangerous rival after ousting Billie Jean King. Nevertheless, the Australian proceeded to have the entire calendar Grand Slam to her name.
Jan Kodes (CZE) def Zeljko Franulovic (CRO), 6-2, 6-4, 6-0
Margaret Smith Court (AUS) def. Helga Niessen (GER), 6-2, 6-4

1969 : Laver en route to his second Grand Slam

Rod Laver wasn’t exactly who took playing on a clay court as a piece of cake. The play was interrupted as it was already darkening. Dick Crealy later claimed that he might have won the match if they play were held on. Laver also had the upper hand in the semi-final. He played against one of the most likely future owners of the title, Tom Okker, whose efforts only motivated Laver to work harder and show one of his best performances. In the final he led the play from the get-go, leaving Ken Rosewall behind (6-4, 6-3, 6-4). The finalists bid farewell to Roland Garros. Laver finished his tennis French Open career with a victory, just like Björn Borg.

Not quite easily sailing to victory in a battle against American Nancy Richey, Margaret Court though defeated Ann Haydon Jones sets (6-1, 4-6, 6-3). By doing so she inverted the situation, as Jones took the prize in the doubles with Françoise Dürr.

Rod Laver (AUS) def. Ken Rosewall (AUS), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
Margaret Smith Court (AUS) def. Ann Haydon-Jones (GB), 6-1 4-6, 6-3

1968 : A new age

The thrilling innovation of bringing the Open Era in life changed the very understanding of the game. The fact worth celebrating was that professionals were allowed to play beside amateurs. Legendary Pancho Gonzales held public attention until the semi-finals. The final was just a clash of the titans in four acts, namely of Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver.

The prize of nearly €36,000 went with Rosewall to Australia. While Nancy Richey repaid Ann Haydon-Jones for the loss in 1966.

Ken Rosewall (AUS) def. Rod Laver (AUS), 6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Nancy Richey (USA) def. Ann Haydon-Jones (GB) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

1974-1986: Borg and The Swedish, Chris VS Martina

1986: Seventh heaven for Evert

Mikael Pernfors unexpectedly seemed to hold all the aces in the beginning. Sweeping aside no less than three top 10 players – Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Henri Lecone – en route to the final, he almost got the victory in the bag, but suddenly here came a blow up in face. In the final, Ivan Lendl of Czech Republic left Pernfors’s achievements. To be merely trifecta (6-3, 6-2, 6-4), winning his second Roland Garros title. As for Pernfors, he would not proceed to that point anymore. However, entering the top 10 among singles players.

Chris Evert ousted legendary Suzanne Lenglen, who dominated at the tournament between 1920 and 1926 and put 31-year-old Evert through the mill. Promising Gabriela Sabatini and Carling Bassett both won one set against Evert, who defeated Martina Navratilova in the final.

Chris Evert (USA) def. Martina Navratilova (CZE) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
Ivan Lendl (CZE) def. Mikael Pernfors (SWE) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

1985: Impressive achievements

After making his mark at the 1982 French Open, Mats Wilander bagged the second title. He succeeded in playing against World No. 1 John McEnroe in the semi-final and celebrated the triumph over No2 Ivan Lendl in the final. The feat of proceeding from No4 to the championship brought Wilander to the team of multiple Grand Slam winners.

The crowd got at fever pitch, observing high-class women’s singles performed by World No. 1 Martina Navratilova and World No. 2 Chris Evert, whose number of meetings on the court approached the magic three. Through the fierce fighting Evert finally showed better stamina and slugged it out with a score of 6-3, 6-7, 7-5. Many claim that. From their overall 80 (!) battles this turned out to be the most thrilling, as sure as hell.

Mats Wilander (SWE) def. Ivan Lendl (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Chris Evert (USA) def. Martina Navratilova (CZE) 6-3, 6-7, 7-5.

1984: Big Mac gives way

The men’s singles became a turning point in tennis history. John McEnroe was just on his way to one of the greatest series of wins ever, an incredible amount of 82 (and only three defeats). Moreover, now he had collected 42 victories one by one. He had a flying start in semi-final against Jimmy Connors. Ivan Lendl, with whom he would compete, had already four runner-up positions at Grand Slams in his pocket.

During the first two sets, the American seemed to slowly approach the inevitable victory, but an abrupt change to heat after a fortnight of gloomy weather caused some inconvenience. Few errors led to losing the rhythm and giving up command on the match. Lendl didn’t miss a chance to make good use of this situation and masterly served out for his first Grand Slam title. It proved his great future in tennis history, but the game was certainly not over for Big Mac who would be dominating the rest of the season. However, the French Open singles prize continued to be unattainable for him. The 1983 French Open winner Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte teamed up to win the doubles.
Martina Navratilova demonstrated an impressive play, getting the better of Chris Evert. The result just met the fans’ expectations, taking into account her previous triumphs at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open.

Martina Navratilova (CZE) def. Chris Evert (USA) 6-3, 6-1
Ivan Lendl (CZE) def. John McEnroe (USA) 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5

1983: France: days of glory

With the only set lost, Yannick Noah became the French who caused the proud celebration into the national sports chronicles, overcoming Ivan Lendl with a score of 7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-0. It was understood that either Noah or Christophe Roger-Vasselin is going to take the prize for the sake of France after the latter left behind No. 1 Jimmy Connors and then Mats Wilander. However, the laurel wreath was destined for Noah.

Chris Evert meanwhile won her fifth women’s title, putting her alongside Australia’s Margaret Court who had won her final French Open ten years previously. Evert dropped two sets along the way, to Helena Sukova in the round of 16 (6-2, 3-6, 6-3) and Hana Mandlikova in the quarters (4-6, 6-3, 6-2). The final saw the American overcome Yugoslavian. Mima Jausovec, who had won the title in 1977.

Chris Evert joined Margaret Court, who won the fifth singles title ten years ago, winning all sets but one against both Helena Sukova and Hana Mandlikova. In the final, she beat Mima Jausovec, the 1997 tournament winner. What caused a real stir in fans’ rows was the fact of overcoming acknowledged World No. 1, Martina Navratilova, by unseeded 17-year-old Kathleen Horvath, and that was the unique case of defeat for Navratilova in the season.

Chris Evert (USA) def. MimaJausovec (YUG) 6-1, 6-2
Yannick Noah (FRA) def. Mats Wilander (SUE) 6-2, 7-5, 7-6

1982: The Swedish exchange

A complete surprise package was that of Mats Wilander’s appearance, a young Swedish player who came instead of retired 26 years old Bjorn Borg. Due to his tactic, the up-and-coming 17 years old managed to beat Ivan Lendl, who was expected to win at the drop of the hat. What was remarkable in Wilander’s performance? First of all, an exceptional defensive play and skillful backhand.

However, the final’s competition between Wilander and Guillermo Vilas, from which the Swedish emerged as a winner, didn’t distinguish with intensity and stretched out for hours, being admitted the longest one in Roland Garros history.

In the women’s, Navratilova quite expectedly got the better of 17 years old Andrea Jaeger 7-6, 6-1.

Martina Navratilova (CZE) def. Andrea Jaeger (USA) 7-6, 6-1
Mats Wilander (SWE) def. Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4

1979: Roland Garros welcomes Evert

Paris at last welcomed 4-years missing Chris Evert, who triumphantly led her game and won the third prize after two consecutives of 1974 and 1975. With a collected nine titles (one singles, five women’s doubles and three mixed doubles), Françoise Dürr retired at the age of 36.

In men’s final, Borg continued his dominance. He kept the crowd alarmed during the matches against Tomas Smid and Tom Gullikson. His final rival was the eye-catching Paraguayan Victor Pecci. He captured the fans’ sympathy and caused several thrilling moments to Borg.

Chris Evert (USA) def. Wendy Turnbull (AUS) 6-2, 6-0
Björn Borg (SWE) def. Victor Pecci (PAR) 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

1978: A new Nastase

Roscoe Tanner was possibly the only one player to avoid a complete failure when meeting with Bjorn Borg, who hadn’t any mercy for the opponents and won the third title at the French Open. Romanian Virginia Ruzici, ranked No. 2, saw off everyone en route to the victory, including defending champion Mima Jausovec.

Virginia Ruzici (ROM) def. Mima Jausovec (YUG) 6-2, 6-2
Bjorn Borg (SWE) def Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

1977: Viva Vilas!

Two Grand Slams. French and US Opens, made Guillermo Vilas’s year. But who knows how the things would go in case Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors didn’t ignore the tournament? Anyway, Vilas managed to play the shortest men’s final.

In the whole French Open history. He was the first player of South America to write his name on the most prominent tournament page, who won the French Open. Junior tournament featured the young American, John McEnroe. He got the prize of the mixed doubles alongside with his girlfriend, Mary Carillo.

In women’s singles, Mima Jausovec rose to the next level after winning the semi-final of the 1976 US Open.
Mima Jausovec (YUG) def. Florenta Mihai (ROM) 6-2, 6-7, 6-1
Guillermo Vilas (ARG) def. Brian Gottfried (USA) 6-0, 6-3, 6-0.

1976: An elegant victory

An unreal maneuver at the net saved the Italian player in the match against Pavel Hutka of Czechoslovakia. Adriano Panatta could have left the game already in the first round, but, thanks to the happy eleventh-hour decision, he regained the confidence and went on to bag the major prize. Panatta became the only one who was able to overcome Borg, even twice. After a while, Harold Solomon fell to the Italian, giving him the way to the title. Panatta was characterized by media as ‘an elegant player’. She proved that both in manners and playing style.

Chris Evert turned out not unable to defend her title this time, which brought Sue Barker of Britain to the top, not without some efforts. Before the match against Czechoslovakian Renata Tomanova, which showed how swaying the balance of power was (6-2, 0-6, 6-2), Barker barely won over Regina Marsikova 4-6, 6-2, 8-6.

Sue Barker (GB) def. RenataTomanova (CZE) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2
Adriano Panatta (ITA) def. Harold Solomon (USA) 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6

1975: Borg and Evert repeat

Even No. 12 Stan Smith and No. 15 Harold Solomon couldn’t stop Bjorn Borg on his way to the victory, which wasn’t such unexpected for him as the previous time, in 1974. Having tasted the feeling, Borg continued collecting dramatic wins, when he met Guillermo Vilas. That was worth special attention. Despite the usual last word Borg had. He won (6-2, 6-3, 6-4) for the second time in a row, just like Frank Parker, Jaroslav Drobny, Tony Trabert, Nicola Pietrangeli and Jan Kodes earlier.

Before the men’s singles, Chris Evert sailed to victory, winning the second consecutive title as well, and also emerging as a winner in the doubles with a promising Martina Navratilova, who fell to Evert in the final.

Bjorn Borg (SWE) def. Guillermo Vilas (ARG) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
Chris Evert (USA) def. Martina Navratilova (CZE) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

1974: A change of era

Recognized as the beginning of the new era in tennis, 1974 featured Evert and Borg’s leaving for John Newcombe and Arthur Ashe no chance to resist against the wind of change. The upcoming period, the epoch of Borg in men’s titles, just has launched. Under the guidance of Lennart Bergelin, young Bjorn Borg worked his way up to the final in his second-year performance at the French Open. It could seem that Manuel Orantes would surely get him struck off. Albeit Borg knew his business and carried out a wise strategy. The youngest winner ever of the tournament, he achieved this due to perfect defense and masterly topspin. The rest was the matter of time. The match ended up in favor of Borg 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1.

Chris Evert, strong both mentally and technically, set off a flying start due to the baseline solidity, two-handed backhand, and self-possession. Having not lost even a set, she swept away all the competitors and overcame Olga Morozova in final with the result of 6-1, 6-2. Another newcomer was Martina Navratilova. She would soon commit to changing the very concept of women’s tennis.

Chris Evert (USA) def. Olga Morozova (USSR) 6-1, 6-2
Bjorn Borg (SWE) def. Manuel Orantes (ESP) 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1

1987-1999: Steffi and the clay-courts specialists

1999: Mr and Mrs Agassi

Roland Garros 1999 proved to be a life-changing moment for tennis legends Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. The Kid from Las Vegas had touched rock bottom and plumbed the depths of the Challenger circuit towards the end of 1997, but by the time he came to Paris in 1999, he was ready to become just the fifth player ever to achieve a career Grand Slam (after winning Wimbledon in 1992, the US Open in 1994 and the Australian Open in 1995).
For understandable reasons, great tournaments become like homes. Especially to those who don’t imagine their life without the court.

When play is the life, it is also changing your life, constantly bringing about new opportunities, friends, and rivals… Roland Garros, as always, was especially favorable to get into a back-to-the-wall situation. Harsh battles were held on the court. This time with Agassi as a winner. Only two points separated victory and defeat in the case with Arnaud Clement. Later Agassi made Carlos Moya put up white flag with 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 6-1. The further match brought the win over Andrei Medvedev, who was ranked No. 100 in the world, but still managed to get to the final.

The day before, Steffi Graf took her sixth title at the tournament. She played against Monica Seles 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 and also left behind with a score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 Martina Hingis, ranked World No. 1. Three weeks after, Graf realized what was planned before and gave up further career plans for the sake of family happiness, starting a new life as Mrs. Agassi.

Steffi Graf (GER) def. Martina Hingis (SUI) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Andre Agassi (USA) def. Andrei Medvedev (UKR) 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

1998: Spanish flag over Roland Garros.

During the tournament, Spaniards have won almost all possible prizes. Carlos Moya got the first Grand Slam title by upsetting Alex Corretja, a Spaniard as well, in the final play. Marcel Rios of Chile gave way to Moya 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. Two more Spanish players, Alex Corretja and Felix Mantilla, were beaten later.

Cedric Pioline, the only Frenchman among Spaniards, went through two matches against HichamArazi and Marat Safin, and a young Russian player coped with a pair of plays against Andre Agassi and Gustavo Kuerten.

In women’s singles, Arantxa Sanchez descended to the throne for the 3rd time, overcoming Lindsay Davenport 6-3, 7-6, an upcoming star Serena Williams 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and finally Monica Seles 7-6, 0-6, 6-2.

Arantxa Sanchez (ESP) def. Monica Seles (USA) 7-6, 0-6, 6-2
Carlos Moya (ESP) def. Alex Corretja (ESP) 6-3, 7-5, 6-3

1997: Here comes “Guga”

The year when the tournament draw hierarchy turned completely upside down – with Gustavo Kuerten brushing aside Muster, Medvedev, Kafelnikov, and Bruguera in the final. Guga fought out the fans’ love and received a lot of attention. Moreover, Filip Dewulf defeated World No. 7 Alex Corretja, providing the most impressive Grand Slam qualifier showing since one by John McEnroe, performed at 1977 Wimbledon.

But the tournament hasn’t run out of surprises. 16 years old Martina Hingis, ranked World No. 1, fell to Croatian Iva Majoli, who left behind Lindsay Davenport and Amanda Coetzer, ranked No. 5 and No. 11 respectively.

Iva Majoli (CRO) def Martina Hingis (SUI) 6-4, 6-2
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) def. SergiBruguera (ESP) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

1996: Yevgeny and Steffi rule

Last time when someone won both the singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros was in 1968 with Ken Rosewall. This year, Yevgeny Kafelnikov repeated the achievement, making Richard Krajicek and Michael Stich surrender. World No. 1 Pete Sampras proceeded to his only semis at the tournament, being taken to five sets against Bruguera, five against Todd Martin and five more against Jim Courier.

The longest women’s final in the history ended by Steffi Graf’s victory over Arantxa Sanchez. The German enjoyed snatching the fifth French Open title. And the second consecutive title as well. Another reason for joy was the returning of Monica Seles, who was injured by an ill-minded fan at the Hamburg tournament.

Steffi Graf (GER) def. Arantxa Sanchez (ESP) 6-3, 6-7, 10-8
Yevgeny Kafelnikov (RUS) def. Michael Stich (GER) 7-6, 7-5, 7-6.

1995: The “Musterminator” comes

The destiny seemed to be predicted by five tournaments won by Thomas Muster before the French Open. They called him “Musterminator”, and the name speaks for itself, judging from matches against Solves, Costa, Kafelnikov and Chang.

Steffi Graf caught the women’s title by defeating top-ranked Huber, Sabatini, and Martinez, joining Helen Wills Moody with her four French Open titles. Arantxa Sanchez had to give way to Graf in the final, which brought the latter to the top position in WTA rankings.

Steffi Graf (GER) def. Arantxa Sanchez (SPA) 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.
Thomas Muster (AUT) def. Michael Chang (USA) 7-5, 6-2, 6-4

1994: Un, dos, tres

Three trophies headed for Spain, including Bruguera’s and Sanchez’s titles. Sergi Bruguera defended the championship, confidently applying his powerful topspin. Young Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, who was expected to show outstanding achievements since winning against Bruguera at the Monte Carlo tournament, fell to the Spanish player in the quarter-finals. Jim Courier also was upset. Alberto Berasategui rose up, leaving aside Cedric Pioline, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Goran Ivanisevic and Magnus Larsson, but Bruguera too strong to refuse the title.

Arantxa Sanchez proved the fame of an unstoppable player and just brushed aside her rivals, dropping no set in the final against Mary Pierce.

Arantxa Sanchez (ESP) def. Mary Pierce (FRA) 6-4, 6-4
SergiBruguera (ESP) def. Alberto Berasategui (ESP) 6-3, 7-5, 2-6, 6-1

1993: Bruguera follows in Gimeno’s footsteps

It seems like Jim Courier has left the position a bit. No. 1 in the second round played 7-5 against Jeff Tarango and dropped a set to Thomas Muster, Goran Prpic and Richard Krajicek. The main obstacle awaited in the final. When, after defeating Courier, Sergi Bruguera fell back on the court, then rising and shaking hands with his opponent.

A kind of shock for everyone was Monica Seles’s absence because of having been stabbed by a fan at Hamburg tournament. The public didn’t exclude political motive, since she came from Yugoslavia. This time, the prize was taken by Steffi Graf, who overcame Mary Joe Fernandez. In the quarter finals, Fernandez won five points against Gabriela Sabatini, US Open champion in 1990. Nevertheless, the women’s singles title would evade the latter.

Steffi Graf (GER) def. Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Sergi Bruguera (ESP) def. Jim Courier (USA) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

1992: Seles and Courier’s glory

Two No. 1 ranked champions, Jim Courier and Monica Seles, dominated on the court of Roland Garros since introducing computerized rankings.

Those lucky who managed to gain a couple of game wins against Courier were Thomas Muster (nine games), Alberto Mancini (just six games), Andre Agassi (seven) and Petr Korda (eight games). In the quarters, Goran Ivanisevic took a set off Courier. Henri Leconte’s play caused more excitement. Nicklas Kulti and No 5 Michael Stich were defeated.

Guess who won Roland Garros women’s singles for the third time… Seles set the wonderful record by winning against Steffi Graf 6-2, 3-6, 10-8. Graf, on the contrary, lost three times in four years.

Monica Seles (YUG) def. Steffi Graf (GER) 6-2, 3-6, 10-8
Jim Courier (USA) def. Petr Korda (CZE) 7-5, 6-2, 6-1.

1991: “Oh say, can you see…”

The 90th French Open was almost a US Open, with the first all-American final since 1954. Jim Courier and Andre Agassi, former room-mates at the Nick Bollettieri academy in Florida, squared off for the title, with Agassi – the beaten finalist the year before – once again the favorite. And once again he came up short…. The match saw a battle between two of the greatest forehands of the 1990s and it went the five-set distance. It even had a rain delay to take the suspense up an extra notch, and as evening fell, the less experienced of the two rivals became the first to open his Grand Slam account with an epic 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win. The tournament also saw a little-known 22-year-old German make the semis. Michael Stich would go on to make a name for himself at Wimbledon the following month…

On the contrary to the future Spanish conquest, the 1991 tournament gave all prizes to Americans. Andre Agassi VS Jim Courier. Two former roommates who met at the Florida Academy – fought for the title, with Courier emerging as a winner. Not being famous at that time, young Michael Stich of Germany made the semi-finals and prepared his way to next month Wimbledon Heights.

Monica Seles doubled in women’s final. The tenth women to do so in Paris, she enjoyed being ranked No.1 after final 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Monica Seles (YUG) def. Arantxa Sanchez (ESP) 6-3, 6-4
Jim Courier (USA) def. Andre Agassi (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

1990: Seles the Queen

30 years old Andres Gomez, the first player from Ecuador, who won the French Open. Earlier, Ivan Lendl used to overcome him four times (1981, 1984, 1986 and 1987 tournaments), but the turn of fate meant Thomas Muster and Andre Agassi to be seen off. Agassi later admitted being too confident. As in the final Agassi fell to Gomez 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. The other top seeds knocked out at Roland Garros were Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker.

The Young ruled in the women’s tournament. Jennifer Capriati, aged only 14 years, proceeded to the semis, but later got beaten by 16-year-old Monica Seles, an upcoming star from Yugoslavia. Steffi Graf lost in the final with 7-6, 6-4 against the youngest winner at the French Open ever.

Monica Seles (YUG) def. Steffi Graf (ALL) 7-6, 6-4
Andres Gomez (ECU) def. Andre Agassi (USA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

1989: Chang’s time

The turning point in Roland Garros history was the match between well-known Czech star Lendl and young American Michael Chang, who destroyed Lendl’s monopoly and evoked warm emotions of the crowd. He managed to have the world No. 1 fell 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He climbed up from the position of two sets to love down, doing tricky and risky maneuvers on the court. The reign of Wilander and Lendl was shaken off. Winning over Stefan Edberg brought the smart player aged only 17 to the highest point of the tournament, which added to American Trabert’s triumph in 1955.

The women’s final featured an epic play performed by Arantxa Sanchez against Steffi Graf, who already owned two titles, with the first coming out as a winner. Moreover, Sanchez preceded Chang’s achievement. She became the youngest champion among women.

Arantxa Sanchez (ESP) def. Steffi Graf (GER) 7-6, 3-6, 7-5
Michael Chang (USA) def. Stefan Edberg (SWE) 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

1988: Steffi in a hurry

The almost historical moment of approaching the final for Henri Leconte turned out to be a mere trick of fate. He defeated World No. 6 Boris Becker but fell 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 to Mats Wilander. The latter could feel how it was to play against the future tennis legend from Las Vegas, and still took the title, adding Henri Leconte’s defeat in the final to climb up for the prize.

Graf completely broke all Natasha Zvereva’s plans to enjoy the victory, which must have been even more striking after the Russian’s win over Martina Navratilova. It would have become a matter of regret for Graf. Later she admitted that she could have made a small concession, with her 20 lost games out of seven matches.

Steffi Graf (ALL) def. Natasha Zvereva (RUS) 6-0, 6-0
Mats Wilander (SUE) def. Henri Leconte (FRA) 7-5, 6-2, 6-1

1987: Graf the Miss Forehand

For the 4th time, Wilander met Lendl on the court. Now, the latter took the opportunity of getting even with Wilander for the previous defeat. A true, ruthless, full of tactical moves battle happened to be in the spotlight, with Wilander struggling to prevent Lendl from using his most powerful moves. The case was resolved in favor of the Czech.

17 years old Steffi Graf, just having burst into the big tennis world, showed up at the French Open. She became the youngest player to ever win the women’s singles at the tournament, rightfully owing the nickname “Miss Forehand”. Graf took over the top spot by defeating Martina Navratilova. That was her great first step towards the great future tennis career.

Steffi Graf (GER) beat Martina Navratilova (USA) 6-4, 4-6, 8-6
Ivan Lendl (CZE) beat Mats Wilander (SWE) 7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6

2000-2004: Kuerten, the King of hearts

2004: Unavoidable wins

Guillermo Vilas had worthy followers this year – Gaston Gaudio and Guillermo Coria proceeded together to the final, with the Gaudio achieving the title. He came back from two sets down on the last stage and turned out to be the 4th unseeded player in the history to win the tournament. Kuerten bid farewell after winning over Feliciano Lopez and Nicolas Almagro. He stepped aside from Federer’s path.

The situation where two winning options for one country were established at once emerged in women’s final as well. Anastasia Myskina of Russia played against her compatriot Elena Dementieva with a score of 6-1, 6-2. Two title holders, Justine Henin and Juan Carlos Ferrero, managed to set a somewhat sad record; they both got out of the game because of injuries.

Anastasia Myskina (RUS) def. Elena Dementieva (RUS) 6-1, 6-2
Gaston Gaudio (ARG) def. Guillermo Coria (ARG) 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6

2003: New names on the honours board

Roland Garros received some new blood. Juan Carlos Ferrero finally went on to the highest point of the tournament and beat Martin Verkerk in the final, while the Dutchman didn’t miss the chance to kick out Carlos Moya and Guillermo Coria.

This year, King Albert II of Belgium arrived just in time. And he saw the first Belgian player, Justine Henin, winning the tournament.

Justine Henin (BEL) def. Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6-0, 6-4
Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) def. Martin Verkerk (HOL) 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

2002: The beginning of the Serena Slam

Two-time defending Gustavo Kuerten accepted defeat from Albert Costa, who also beat Guillermo Canas from Argentina in the quarters and Corretja in the semi-finals.

For him, two joyful events combined – five days after the overcoming Ferrero in the final Costa celebrated one’s marriage with Corretja as a best man. Another exciting point was with the Williams sisters. The Williams themselves met on the court one against the other, which left the younger as a winner.

Serena Williams (USA) def. Venus Williams (USA) 7-5, 6-3
Albert Costa (ESP) def. Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3

2001: I heart Paris

Unseeded Michael Russell almost knocked out Gustavo Kuerten, who depicted his love to Paris on the court by tracing a huge figure of heart after sorting out the things, which happened to be a bit harder because of the chill wind (literally). That wind must have grown powerful wings behind his back. Judging by the eager and energetic further play, when Juan Carlos Ferrero, Alex Corretja, and Sebastien Grosjean just had to say ‘uncle’.

Famous Jennifer Capriati, who has already become No8 at the age of 14, win the gold medal at the Olympic games and even have dealt with the law for shoplifting and drug possession, came to win the women’s final of Roland Garros right after the Australian Open. She beat Kim Clijsters and took the prize to USA.

Jennifer Capriati (USA) def. Kim Clijsters (BEL) 1-6, 6-4, 12-10
Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) def. Alex Corretja (ESP) 6-7, 7-5, 6-2, 6-0.

2000: Pierce in Paradise

11 match points! That’s what it took Gustavo Kuerten to finally overcome Sweden’s Magnus Norman in an amazing fourth set in the 2000 French Open final. The rest of the match was a somewhat sub-par affair between the two best clay-courters of the season, with Norman seemingly overcome by the occasion during the first two sets. He had certainly earned the right to be there, however, dropping just one set in his first six matches, to Marat Safin. Gustavo Kuerten won a wonderful fourth set against Magnus Norman of Sweden. But really rare match could be seen between Kuerten and up-and-coming Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Brazilian came out as a winner, taking his second title.

And here comes Mary Pierce, a long-awaited winner of the women’s singles since Françoise Dürr’s triumph. Some threatening losses to Martina Hingis and Monica Seles only added her vigor, which determined the celebrated outcome of winning both in the singles and doubles (in pair with Hingis). Navratilova succeeded in mixed doubles and retired having 59 majors gained.

Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) def. Magnus Norman (SWE) 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
Mary Pierce (FRA) def. Conchita Martinez (ESP) 6-2, 7-5

2005-2015: The Nadal Era

2015 :Wawrinka on a higher plane, Serena toughs it out

The title Djokovic dreamed about slipped away in “the match of Wawrinka’s life” (quoting the 30 years old winner). Despite dropping the first set, Wawrinka further showed a striking achievement. Just like in 2013, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga promoted to the semi-finals by prevailing over Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori.

Unbeatable this time (as almost always), Serena Williams lifted the cup after losing several points to Victoria Azarenka , Sloane Stephens, Timea Bacsinszky and Lucie Safarova. A clear example of all the needlessness of jumping to conclusions!

Stan Wawrinka (CH) def. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA) def. Lucie Safarova (CZE), 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.

2014 : Nadal pays back after Rome

It took thirty years for the French to repeat the 1984 triumph of Yannick Noah and Henri Leconte in the men’s doubles. As for the singles, Nadal equalized the number of Grand Slams with Pete Sampras, achieving 14 majors, and was lacking just 3 to reach Federer’s result. Novak Djokovic was expected to beat the stuff out of Nadal. Since the previous defeat of the latter in Rome, but the match was finished just before the fifth set.

The sensational loss of the three top players in women’s singles (Serena Williams, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska) paved the way for Sharapova, who also defeated Romanian Simona Halep on the last stage. Halep almost repeated the 1978 glory of Virginia Ruzici. The later conquered the title at the French Open. However, it wouldn’t possible for Sharapova to win with hands down. Such opponents as Sam Stosur never let overcome them with no difficulty.

Rafael Nadal (ESP) def Novak Djokovic (SRB), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4
Maria Sharapova (RUS) def. Simona Halep (ROU), 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4

2013 : The fantastic two

At first, the idea seeing Nadal lose the game seemed to be finding confirmation. Meanwhile, the clouds were dissolving. Rafa entered his usual rhythm and mood, making the best of him on the court by defeating Daniel Brands and Martin Klizan. Novak Djokovic gave away his twinkling title almost by chance when he touched the net.

Serena Williams got back at Maria Sharapova. Taking easily the World No. 1 title, and set the record of 11-year pause between her victories at the Porte d’Auteuil.
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. David Ferrer (ESP), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Serena Williams (USA) def. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 6-4, 6-4.

2012 : Nadal overtakes Borg on the third Monday…

Favourite Novak Djokovic, having defeated Andreas Seppi and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, put Nadal through the mill, leveling up to the final.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard proved his mastery again…. Which was uncertain for a long time due to poor weather conditions. Needless to say, the Serb wouldn’t miss the chance to use his opponent’s rainy mood – close but no cigar! Therefore, Nadal bagged the title for the seventh time, beating once unattainable Borg’s record, while Maria Sharapova was the tenth in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams, defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and Serena Williams of USA and rising to the position of World No. 1.

Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Maria Sharapova (RUS) def. Sara Errani (ITA), 6-3, 6-2.

2011: Dawn of a new era

Without dropping a set, Nadal proceeded to the final. Federer accepted the defeat for the fifth time, allowing Nadal to set the second record of No. 1 winning the Roland Garros after Gustavo Kuerten (2001). However, Federer found the consolation in defeating Novak Djokovic. Another record was the championship of a Chinese player, Li Na, who overcame Petra Kvitova and Francesca Schiavone.

Li Na (CHI) def. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-4, 7-6
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Roger Federer (SUI) 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1

2010: Italy gets another Grand Slam champion

Francesca Schiavone changed the existing order and put a foot in the door by winning all way to the final. Then she met Sam Stosur, who had already beaten Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic, and collected all the strength in order to get the title. Thus, she joined Adriano Panatta, who took the prize home to Italy in 1976.

Nadal’s revengeful mood provided him with a victory over Robin Soderling, who lost for the second time in a row, while Federer had to accept that the chain of semi-final wins has ended off. In fact, he almost reached the record established by Pete Sampras with his 285 weeks at the top.

Francesca Schiavone (ITA) def. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-2, 7-6
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Robin Soderling (SWE) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4

2009: The roles have changed

Having suffered from snatching the win from under his nose, Roger Federer finally managed to get rid of the obstacles and was chuffed to bits while embracing the cup.

It cost him six lost sets and stressful battles against Tommy Haas and Martin del Potro. In the final, Robin Soderling had to put up with the defeat. Svetlana Kuznetsova outlasted Serena Williams and Samantha Stosur, winning the game against the compatriot, Dinara Safina, in the end.

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) def. Dinara Safina (RUS) 6-4, 6-2
Roger Federer (SUI) def. Robin Soderling (SWE), 6-1, 7-6, 6-4

2008: Nadal’s conquest

Thirty years after Borg’s reign over the French clay court, Nadal picked up the tradition and maintained striking Roland Garros results. He lost only 41 games on his way to the championship versus those 32 of Borg. He knocked out Roger Federer from the final again.

It was incredible, but clear that one country was taking the bull by the horns at the French Open, and that country – beyond a doubt – was Spain. In the men’s singles, a Spaniard achieved the victory for the 12th time. However, the French got some satisfaction from Gael Monfils reaching the quarter-final and defeating No. 5 David Ferrer. After Justine Henin decided to quit her career with four titles won, Ana Ivanovic made light work of her opponent from Russia, Dinara Safina, and rose up to World No1.

Ana Ivanovic (SER) def. Dinara Safina (RUS) 6-4, 6-3
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Roger Federer (SUI) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0

2007: Amazing hat-trick

Both Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin didn’t drop a single set fighting for their third consecutive titles at the French Open. Nadal easily swept off his rivals, including a promising Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Roger Federer, ranked No. 1, in the final. Henin collected as many as 34 successful sets in sequence. Djokovic’s compatriot, Ana Ivanovic, proceeded to defeat second-seeded Sharapova and third-seeded Kuznetsova.

Justine Henin (BEL) def. Ana Ivanovic (SER) 6-1, 6-2
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Roger Federer (SUI) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

2006: Nadal and Henin double up

Rafael Nadal was the only obstacle en route to Federer’s French Open. The latter outfought Paul-Henri Mathieu in the 3rd round. But this time, Roger Federer turned out to be a king for a moment. The result was Nadal’s second Roland Garros title – a considerable achievement when you are just 20 years old. All in all, Nadal, Federer, Ivan Ljubicic and David Nalbandian, the top four ATP players, coped with the semi-finals.

Justin Henin was heart and shoulders above Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia. While the Australian Open winner Mauresmo didn’t overcome Vaidisova already in the 4th round. Both singles champions repeated the 1992 achievement of defending Jim Courier and Monica Seles who preserved the titles.
Justine Henin (BEL) def. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-4, 6-4
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Roger Federer (SUI) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6

2005: Nadal era

Rafael Nadal came when he was only 19 years old and being already favorite. He actually lived up to the hype and left behind Mariano Puerta 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5, dropping mere a set both to Sebastien Grosjean in the 4th round and Puerta, who would be prohibited to participate because of using drugs after a while. At the same time, Gaston Gaudio was overcome by David Ferrer. Spaniards were taking control over the court!

Former women’s champion Justine Henin suffered no such misfortune. Having arrived injured and left early after a second-round defeat in 2004, the Belgian won her second Roland Garros title, though she still had to save a match point against Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round (7-6, 4-6, 7-5). This was thus the second year in a row. The Russian was one point away from eliminating the eventual winner of the tournament, only to fail to put her away… In women’s, Justine Henin bagged the second tournament title by defeating Mary Pierce, who upset No. 1 Lindsay Davenport with a score of 6-3, 6-2. In the fourth round against Henin, Svetlana Kuznetsova was a point away from the victory.
Justine Henin (BEL) def Mary Pierce (FRA) 6-1, 6-1
Rafael Nadal (ESP) def. Mariano Puerta (ARG) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5

Roland Garros 2016: 88-year history of the French Open stadium

French Open Champions

Men’s Singles: Novak Djokovic
Women’s Singles: GarbiñeMuguruza
Men’s Doubles:Feliciano López / Marc López
Women’s Doubles:Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic
Mixed Doubles: Martina Hingis / Leander Paes
Boys’ Singles: Geoffrey Blancaneaux
Girls’ Singles: RebekaMasarova
Boys’ Doubles: YshaiOliel / PatrikRikl
Girls’ Doubles: Paula Arias Manjón / Olga Danilović
Legends Under 45 Doubles: Juan Carlos Ferrero / Carlos Moyá
Women’s Legends Doubles: Lindsay Davenport / Martina Navratilova
Legends Over 45 Doubles: SergiBruguera / GoranIvanišević
Wheelchair Men’s Singles: Gustavo Fernández
Wheelchair Women’s Singles: MarjoleinBuis
Wheelchair Men’s Doubles: Shingo Kunieda / Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Women’s Doubles: YuiKamiji / JordanneWhiley

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