The only Grand Slam event currently played on clay courts is the French Open, which is also the world’s top championship on this surface. It is the second of the four Grand Slam events each year, taking place chronologically after the Australian Open and before Wimbledon and the US Open. The French Open was the only major competition not held on grass until 1975. The French Open is regarded as the world’s most physically taxing tennis event due to the seven rounds necessary for a championship, the clay surface’s characteristics (slower pace, higher bounce).
The French Championships, also known as the Championnat de France in English, were first held in 1891. Tennis players who belonged to French clubs were the only ones who could participate. H. Briggs, a resident of Paris and a member of the Club Stade Français, was the first prizewinner. He defeated P. Baigneres in the championship match in straight sets. Four women entered the first women’s singles competition, which took place in 1897. Women’s doubles and mixed doubles competitions were added in 1902 and 1907, respectively.
Most successful men’s players
There have been a number of tennis players over the century plus old tournament who have earned its crown and all of them have gone down as legends of the sport. The most successful player in the history of the competition is a man who hones his craft even today and is widely known as the King of Clay. Of course, we are talking about the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. With 14 titles and three winning streaks, Nadal reached heights no one thought was possible on clay. He is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the multiple champions and he will be looking to add a 15th Roland Garros trophy in his overflowing cabinet. Here is a list of the top five most successful players who have at the French Open.
When it comes to doubles, it is difficult to pick out a pair and claim them to be the most successful in Roland Garros and tennis players’ partners was never that much of a constant affair, especially in the 20th century. Here, we have taken a list of the five most successful men’s players in the doubles category. The line is lead by a familiar face in Roy Emerson, followed by the likes of Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon and others.