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french openThe second of the four major tennis open tournaments runs from late May to early June. The event is held at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, named after the French aviator of the same name. The French Open is the premier clay court event of the year and being the slowest of all tennis surfaces is regarded as the physically toughest Tennis major to win. Many great players of the game have struggled to add this major to their list, even Novak Djokovic is yet to win the French Open. Any player that completes the Grand Slam must first learn how play the clay game.

This year the prize fund for the men and women singles champion is expected to approach €2,000,000 and this means the 116th edition of the tournament is sure to be a cracker. After the drug allegations following the Australian Open last year the world will surely be watching with extra attention. On this page you can find promotions for new and existing punters, including free bets, money back, loyalty offers and more. Further down also find out about the schedule, history, format and more

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Roland Garros Schedule 2017

Date Day Round / Match
28th May Sunday First Round
29th May Monday First Round
30th May Tuesday First Round
31st May Wednesday Second Round
1st June Thursday Second Round
2nd June Friday Third Round
3rd June Saturday Third Round
4th June Sunday Fourth Round
5th June Monday Fourth Round
6th June Tuesday Quarter Finals
7th June Wednesday Quarter Finals
8th June Thursday Semi Finals
9th June Friday Semi Finals
10th June Saturday Ladies Final
11th June Sunday Men’s Final

French Open Format

The French Open follows the same format as all other majors with a simple knockout structure. The tournament proper starts at the first round with 128 players for both the men’s and women’s draw. Of the 128 players 32 are seeded based on their ATP/WTA rankings coupled with previous clay court results and previous results at Roland Garros. The remaining places are made up from invites generally given to the rest of the players in the top 100 rankings. Other lower ranked players can also be invited by a panel of officials and previous players, these are known as wildcards and there are 16 available for both the men’s and women’s draw. 32 places are reserved for players that enter into the qualification rounds, qualification rounds take place directly before the start of the tournament.

The 32 seeded players are kept apart until at least round 3 (last 32) based on how they are entered into the draw. This makes it more likely that the world’s top players will make it through to the final rounds. The remaining players enter the draw randomly.

Statistics & Previous Winners

Statistic Player Country Number Year(s)
Men’s Titles Rafael Nadal Spain 9 2005-08, 2010-14
Men’s Consecutive Titles Rafael Nadal Spain 5 2010-14
Women’s Titles Chris Evert USA 7 1974-75, 1979-80, 983, 1985-86
Women’s Consecutive Titles Jeanne Matthey / Suzanne Lenglen France 4 1909-12 / 1920-23
Men’s Doubles Titles Max Decugis France 13 1902-09, 1911-14, 1920
Men’s Doubles Consecutive Titles Maurice Germot France 10 1906-14, 1920*
Women’s Doubles Titles Martina Navratilova Czech 7 1975, 1982, 1984-88
Women’s Doubles Consecutive Titles Martina Navratilova Czech 5 1984-88
Mixed Doubles Titles Max Decugis France 7 1904-06, 1908-09, 1914, 1920
Men’s Youngest Winner Michael Chang USA 17yrs 3m
Women’s Youngest Winner Monica Seles Yugoslavia 16yrs 6m
Men’s Oldest Winner Andre Vacherot France 40yrs 9m
Women’s Oldest Winner Zsuzsa Körmöczy Hungary 33yrs 10m
Last Men’s Winner Stan Wawrinka Switzerland 2015
Last Women’s Winner Serena Williams USA 2015
Last Men’s Doubles Winner Dodig / Melo Croacia / Brazil 2015
Last Women’s Doubles Winner Mattek-Sands / Safarova USA / Czech 2015
Last Mixed Doubles Winner Mattek-Sands / Bryan USA / USA 2015

* Not played 1915-1920 due to World War I

About the French Open

Eugene Adrien Roland Georges Garros

The French Open is named after Eugene Adrien Roland Georges Garros a French pilot born in Paris. He was famous for setting a number of aviation records prior to the first world war including highest altitude flight at the time and the first non-stop flight across the Mediterranean.

This isn’t however the reason that many places are named after Roland Garros. It is reported that in 1914 he flew his airplane into a German Zeppelin destroying both the air balloon and his own plane in a blaze of fire. It is regarded as the first air battle that ever took place as well as an astonishing piece of self-sacrifice. In the 1920’s the tennis centre in which he has spent much of his time while studying in Paris was named after him, along with the airport, obviously.

History of the French Open

The French Open began in 1891 and was then called the French Championships and for the first 34 years the tournament was open to French players only or foreign players that were members of the Club Stade Francais. Although French players obviously dominated the tournament in its early years the first ever French Championship was won by Briton H Briggs (his first name is unfortunately unknown). Until 1902 all matches were best of three sets, in 1903 this changed to the modern men’s format of best of 5 sets. Max Decugis was the most successful French player winning 8 titles before WWI. The first women’s tournament was held in 1897, mixed doubles in 1902 and women’s doubles in 1907.

In 1925 the French Championship was opened up to international amateur players. At this time the event alternated between the Stade Francais (Saint-Cloud) and Racing Club de France. Following France success in the Davis Cup in 1927 interest in the event started to increase and the Roland Garros stadium was opened to accommodate the event.

The first foreign player to win the event since Briggs in 1891 was Australia’s Jack Crawford in 1933. No French player would win it again before the outbreak of WWII. The championship did run unofficially during the war but results are not recognised. Whereas the next official event was won by a Frenchman in 1946 (Marcel Bernard) it was not won by a French player again until after the Open era in 1968. From 1946 to 1968 no one player dominated.

In 1968 the event became an Open event and this meant that professional players could now qualify alongside amateurs. Bjorn Borg, the great Swedish player, was the early dominant force in the men’s game winning 6 titles between 1974 and 1981, Ivan Lendl, a Czech that had finished runner up to Borg in 1981, dominated the mid-80s with 3 titles (1984, 1986, 1987). American Jim Courier won the event twice (1991, 1992) as did Spaniard Sergi Bruguera (1993, 1994) and Brazilian Gustavo Juerten won 3 times (1997, 2000, 2001), although no one player showed the dominance of the then to come Rafael Nadal. Rafa became the great ever French Open player of the open era winning 9 titles between 2005 and 2014, only Swiss great Roger Federer (2009) offered any real resistance. Swiss player Stan Wawrinka won in 2015 although who knows how many more titles Nadal would have won if not for injury.  More injury woes for Nadal in 2016 meant it was between Murray and Djokovic yet again, of course Djokovic won. This year, 2017, actually offers one of the most open events in years. Great Britain’s Fred Perry was the last home player to win the event back in 1935.

The Women’s game, opposite to the men’s, was less competitive in the earlier years of the Open era and more diverse in recent decades. In the early Open era Australia’s Margaret Court (1969, 1970, 1973) won three before the record holder American Chris Evert won seven titles up to the mid-80s (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985 and 1986). It was during this period too that Britain’s last women s champion, Sue Barker, won her only French Open (1976). 1987 to 1999 was dominated by German Steffi Graf (1987, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999), Spannish Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (1989, 1994, 1998) and Yugoslavian Monica Seles who won three on the trot (1990, 1991, 1992). Since the millennium only Belgian Justine Henin has shown any true dominance (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) although Serena Williams has also won three although over a longer period and was the last winner of the event (2002, 2013, 2015).