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FRENCH OPEN TENNIS EXPERIENCE:
Location: Paris, France
Venue: Roland Garros
Formal Name: Tournoi de Roland-Garros, Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros
French Open Notable Players: Gustavo Kuerten, Ivan Lendl, Serena Williams, Justine Henin-Hardenne
See Also: Grand Slam Tennis Tournament tickets
The French Open, or as it is known in France, Tournoi de Roland-Garros, is a major tennis tournament held in Paris, France in may and June each year. The French Open is the second of the so-called Grand Slam tournaments held each year. The other Grand Slams include the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open. The event was first played in 1891 as a French national tournament on grass. The surface would be changed to red clay in 1912. In 1968, the French Championships (former name for the French Open) was the first major tournament to become an "open", allowing both pros and amateurs the opportunity to play. Spectators at the French Open have the incredible experience of seeing the world's best tennis players playing on a surface that many find to be a challenge. With Paris as the backdrop to this elite event, fans enjoy one of the greatest sports experiences on earth!
The red clay court at the French Open is unique among Grand Slam events. It is a slower playing surface than grass or hardcourt, which makes success difficult for even the best tennis players, including Roger Federer and, among past pros, Pete Sampras, and women's tennis players Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis. These players have dominated other Grand Slam events, but struggled to win the French Open. Other players, however, have become "clay specialists" and managed to make careers out of their success at the French Open - Rafael Nadal would be a current example of such a specialist.
Played at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, the French Open is certainly one of the most time-honored events in tennis. The tournament also boasts the largest broadcast audience of any tennis event. Spectators at the French Open are truly witnessing tennis history in the making. TicketCity is not affiliated with the French Open Tennis Tournament, the official French Open website, the Federation Francaise de Tennis or Stade Roland Garros.
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