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Upcoming Tournaments

Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Paris, FRANCE
May 24 - Jun 07
Aegon Open Nottingham

Aegon Open Nottingham

Nottingham, GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 08 - Jun 14
Topshelf Open

Topshelf Open

, NETHERLANDS
Jun 08 - Jun 14
Aegon Classic Birmingham

Aegon Classic Birmingham

Birmingham, GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 15 - Jun 21
Aegon International Eastbourne

Aegon International Eastbourne

Eastbourne, GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 21 - Jun 27
The Championships, Wimbledon

The Championships, Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 29 - Jul 12
Roland Garros

Roland Garros

Paris, FRANCE
May 24 - Jun 07

Tournament Info

Tier: Grand Slams
Prize Money: $15,980,135
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, and she was victorious again in 2014. 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
2014 Maria Sharapova Shuai Peng / Su-Wei Hsieh
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
Previous Winners

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Photos

  • Iconic Player Party In Paris

    May 22, 2015
    Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Ana Ivanovic were among the WTA stars turning heads at the Roland Garros pla...
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Videos

  • French Open Preview

    May 29, 2014
    Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic and more discuss how their feeling heading into Roland Garr...
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  • Sharapova Keeps Winning, Stosur Next

    May 27, 2015
    It was one of the best matches of the tournament last year, and it's happening again - Maria Sharapova and Samantha Stosur set up a blockbuster clash at Roland Garros.
  • On-Fire Lucic-Baroni Stuns Halep

    May 27, 2015
    Mirjana Lucic-Baroni pulled off the biggest surprise of the French Open so far, ripping winner after winner to overpower Simona Halep - just like she did at the US Open.
  • Ivanovic Battles Past Doi In Paris

    May 27, 2015
    Former champion Ana Ivanovic was made to dig deep to take her place in the third round, fighting back to defeat Misaki Doi, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, on Wednesday evening.
  • Wozniacki's Road To Roland Garros

    May 27, 2015
    Caroline Wozniacki is the latest WTA star to take a ride in a talking car, talking about everything from travelling, karaoke, Serena Williams and more - watch the video here!
  • Kerber Makes Short Work Of Tomljanovic

    May 27, 2015
    Angelique Kerber moved smoothly into the third round of the French Open, brushing aside WTA Rising Star Alja Tomljanovic in straight sets on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Teenage Kicks In Paris

    May 27, 2015
    Wtatennis.com contributor Deepti Patwardhan takes a look at the fortunes of the teenage contingent at Roland Garros this fortnight.
  • WTA Rising Stars Keep Perspective

    May 27, 2015
    With the French Open now up and running, Chris Oddo reviews an eventful opening round in this week's WTA Rising Star report.
  • French Open Wednesday: Maria Continues

    May 27, 2015
    The second round at Roland Garros gets underway on Wednesday, with title favorites Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep among the highlights on the show courts.
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Photos

  • Iconic Player Party In Paris

    May 22, 2015
    Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Ana Ivanovic were among the WTA stars turning heads at the Roland Garros player party at the Eiffel Tower. See the best pics here.
  • The Last 20 French Open Champions

    May 21, 2015
    From Steffi Graf in 1995 to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and everyone in between, take a look back at the last 20 Roland Garros champions in this very special photo gallery!
  • Serena's 19 Grand Slam Titles

    May 21, 2015
    With Serena Williams about to go after a milestone 20th Grand Slam title, we thought we'd take a look back at the first 19 - take a walk down memory lane right here...
  • Gallery: Seles' 9 Grand Slams

    December 02, 2014
    It's Monica Seles' birthday - Happy Birthday Monica! Take a look back at the nine biggest titles of the WTA legend's illustrious career - her nine Grand Slam titles...
  • Photos Du Jour: Sharapova & The Trophy

    June 08, 2014
    Maria Sharapova stepped out for the traditional French Open champion's trophy photo shoot. And she came in an absolutely stunning dress - all the best pics here.
  • Photos Du Jour: Fairest Of Them All

    June 07, 2014
    Maria Sharapova reigned supreme during a French Open final against Simona Halep that will go down as a classic.
  • Photos Du Jour: The Semifinals

    June 05, 2014
    From Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard's dramatic battle to Simona Halep continuing her career-defining run, check out all the best pics from the semifinals.
  • Photos Du Jour: Quarterfinal Classics

    June 04, 2014
    Tuesday had a pair of incredible fightbacks, while Wednesday produced two first-time Grand Slam semifinalists. All the best pics from the quarters, right here.
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Videos

  • French Open Preview

    May 29, 2014
    Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic and more discuss how their feeling heading into Roland Garros.
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Previous Winners

Year Draws Singles Doubles
2014 Maria Sharapova Shuai Peng / Su-Wei Hsieh
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 Suárez
2004 Anastasia Myskina Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2003 Justine Henin Kim Clijsters / Ai Sugiyama
2002 Serena Williams Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2001 Jennifer Capriati Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
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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