The French Open, also commonly known as Roland-Garros, is a tennis tournament held over two weeks at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, beginning in late May each year.
The brilliant competition is a clay court championship and the only Grand Slam tournament currently held on this surface. It is the second of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments taking place in the year, occurring after the Australian Open and before Wimbledon and the US Open.
With the seven rounds needed for a championship, the clay surface and the best-of-five-set men’s singles matches, the French Open is widely regarded as the most physically demanding tournament in tennis.
French Open FAQ’s
When is the French Open held?
The tournament usually takes place over two weeks, starting in late May and concluding in early June. The specific dates may vary slightly from year to year.
Where is the tournament played?
The Grand Slam is played at the Stade Roland-Garros in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France.
How do you get to the tournament?
Guests can take the train which takes around 30 minutes, the bus which takes around 20 minutes, or a taxi which can take around 5 minutes.
Public car parking is available, but this is strictly limited, and pre-booking is strongly encouraged.
Why is the French Open unique?
The tournament is unique because it is the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay courts, which are known for being slower and providing different challenges for players.
Who are some of the most successful French Open champions?
Some of the most successful Open Era champions include Rafael Nadal (14 titles), Chris Evert (7 titles), Björn Borg (6 titles), and Steffi Graf (6 titles).
What is the dress code for the tournament?
While there is no official all-white dress code like at Wimbledon, players are expected to wear appropriate and respectful attire.