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Upcoming Tournaments

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem

Marrakech, MOROCCO
Apr 21 - Apr 27
Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Stuttgart, GERMANY
Apr 21 - Apr 27
Portugal Open

Portugal Open

Oeiras, PORTUGAL
Apr 28 - May 03
Mutua Madrid Open

Mutua Madrid Open

Madrid, SPAIN
May 03 - May 11
Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Rome, ITALY
May 12 - May 18
NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP

NÜRNBERG, GERMANY
May 18 - May 24
Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Paris, FRANCE
May 25 - Jun 07

Tournament Info

Tier: Grand Slams
Prize Money: $15,598,998
Surface: Clay
Director: Gilbert Ysern
In the last week of May, the greats of the tennis world descend upon Paris for the year's second Grand Slam and the climax of the European clay court season - the French Open.

Named after renowned French aviator Roland Garros, the tournament, under its various guises, dates back to 1891 and has long been viewed as one of the highlights on the tennis calendar. In its formative years the competition, then staged at the capital's Stade Français club, was open only to members of French clubs, and it was not until 1925 that the French Tennis Federation decided to open its doors to overseas entrants.

With this expansion, and the growth in popularity of the sport on the continent, came the need for a new site. And in 1928 the tournament made the short journey to Porte d'Auteuil, where it has stayed ever since. The newly internationalized event saw winners from nine countries in the inter- and post-war period, including the USA, Great Britain, Germany and, naturally, France. Another important milestone in the evolution of the tournament came in 1968, when Roland Garros ushered in the Open Era by becoming the first Grand Slam to embrace professionalism. The 1970s and 1980s proved to be a golden period in the tournament's history, with seven-time champion Chris Evert, six-time winner Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova all vying for supremacy on the terre battue.

The following decades saw new names write themselves into French Open folklore, as Monica Seles, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Justine Henin and Serena Williams all captured the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen on multiple occasions. Maria Sharapova became the sixth player of the Open Era to capture the career Grand Slam with her run to the title in 2012. Other 21st century winners include Jennifer Capriati and Li Na, who became the first Asian Grand Slam champion in 2011.

In 2006, the tournament furthered its reputation for breaking the mold by announcing that main draw action would commence on Sunday, as opposed to the usual Monday start day and to date remains the only Grand Slam that conducts play on three consecutive Sundays.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2013 Serena Williams Elena Vesnina / Ekaterina Makarova
2012 Maria Sharapova Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2011 Na Li Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka
2010 Francesca Schiavone Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova Anabel Medina Garrigues / Virginia Ruano Pascual
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  • Zheng Wushuang Wins Junior Wildcard

    April 18, 2014
    One of the many bright young faces that could be part of the Asian tennis boom - Zheng Wushuang - has won a wildcard into the French Open junior competition.
  • Elena & The Coupe des Mousquetaires

    July 24, 2013
    This week, wtatennis.com will be revisiting some of the fairytales from the spring, where players overcame obstacles to achieve their dreams... today: Elena & The Coupe des Mousquetaires.
  • WTA Diary: Petko's Back & Serena's Stats

    June 13, 2013
    Catch up on all the WTA news from the past week, including Petko's return to form and Serena's sensational statistics.
  • Quotable Quotes: Tricky, Sweet, Fierce

    June 11, 2013
    What's the best part about being Victoria Azarenka? Which players did Serena Williams deem tricky, sweet and fierce? Why is Sloane Stephens going to write a letter to Häagen-Dazs? Read on...
  • French Open By The Numbers

    June 11, 2013
    What was the longest match? And who hit the most aces? These are just a few of the questions answered in French Open By The Numbers.
  • Serena Williams: Her Place In History

    June 10, 2013
    Serena Williams' triumph at the French Open didn't just represent a World No.1 solidifying her status at the top of the sport, it represented one of the all-time greats getting greater.
  • Bencic Following In Legend's Footsteps

    June 10, 2013
    At 12 years old, Martina Hingis announced herself to the tennis world by becoming the youngest player to win a junior Grand Slam. Two decades on, one of her compatriots is tracing her footsteps.
  • Russians Triumph In Doubles Final

    June 09, 2013
    Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina upset top seeds and defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci to win the French Open title.
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Photos

  • Gallery: 15 Of China's Finest Firsts

    January 31, 2014
    From Li Ting and Sun Tiantian to Zheng Jie and Li Na, Chinese tennis has become a tennis power to be reckoned with over the last decade. Here are 15 of China's finest firsts in women's tennis.
  • Gallery: Serena's 17 Grand Slams

    January 18, 2014
    Serena Williams has spent 14 years winning Grand Slams - two full years more than anyone else's winning span in the Open Era - and it doesn't look like she's going to be stopping there...
  • Photos Du Jour: A Look Back

    June 12, 2013
    The French Open had everything this year - on-court action, dueling tennis bags, reptiles on the run, gorgeous rain shots - so let's take a look back at some of the best photos from the fortnight.
  • Photos Du Jour: Serena Vs Maria

    June 08, 2013
    A packed crowd was on hand at Roland Garros to witness two of the all-time greats squaring off for the French Open title. Maria Sharapova started fast - but Serena Williams finished faster.
  • Photos Du Jour: The Semifinals

    June 07, 2013
    From Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka's battle for No.2 to Serena Williams going for her 20th Grand Slam final, it was an action-packed Semifinals Day at Roland Garros. See all the pics.
  • Photos Du Jour: The Quarterfinals

    June 06, 2013
    From Serena Williams' fightback against Svetlana Kuznetsova to Maria Sharapova taking off after the biggest of deficits, there certainly wasn't a shortage of action in the quarterfinals.
  • Photos Du Jour: We Are The Champions

    June 05, 2013
    World No.1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic headed to the beautiful Pavillon d'Armenonville in Paris this week for the ITF World Champions Dinner. Check out all the best pics right here.
  • Photos Du Jour: Pain Doesn't Kill Me

    June 04, 2013
    The last few days have seen the WTA's biggest and brightest stars get down to the business end of the French Open - and they've had to dig deep, very deep. See all of the best pics here.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2013 Serena Williams Elena Vesnina / Ekaterina Makarova
2012 Maria Sharapova Roberta Vinci / Sara Errani
2011 Na Li Andrea Hlavackova / Lucie Hradecka
2010 Francesca Schiavone Venus Williams / Serena Williams
2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova Anabel Medina Garrigues / Virginia Ruano Pascual
2008 Ana Ivanovic Anabel Medina Garrigues / Virginia Ruano Pascual
2007 Justine Henin Alicia Molik / Mara Santangelo
2006 Justine Henin Lisa Raymond / Samantha Stosur
2005 Justine Henin Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suarez
2004 Anastasia Myskina Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suarez
2003 Justine Henin Kim Clijsters / Ai Sugiyama
2002 Serena Williams Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suarez
2001 Jennifer Capriati Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suarez
2000 Mary Pierce Martina Hingis / Mary Pierce
1999 Steffi Graf Venus Williams / Serena Williams
1998 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario Martina Hingis / Jana Novotna
1997 Iva Majoli Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1996 Steffi Graf Lindsay Davenport / Mary Joe Fernandez
1995 Steffi Graf Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1994 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1993 Steffi Graf Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1992 Monica Seles Gigi Fernandez / Natasha Zvereva
1991 Monica Seles Gigi Fernandez / Jana Novotna
1990 Monica Seles Jana Novotna / Helena Sukova
1989 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1988 Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1987 Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1986 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova / Andrea Temesvari
1985 Chris Evert Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1984 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1983 Chris Evert Rosalyn Nideffer / Candy Reynolds
1982 Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Anne Smith
1981 Hana Mandlikova
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