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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
2015 Serena Williams Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova
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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  • Serena Slams 1 & 2: The Trophy Shots

    July 13, 2015
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    June 10, 2015
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    June 09, 2015
    A spell away from tennis has endowed Timea Bacsinszky with a newfound sense of perspective that has been the catalyst behind her surge up the rankings.
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    June 08, 2015
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    June 07, 2015
    A pair of down-the-line missiles from Serena Williams and Lucie Safarova made the highlight reel from Finals Day at the French Open - watch those hot shots right here!
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  • Serena's 21 Grand Slam Titles

    August 16, 2015
    Serena Williams now has 21 Grand Slam titles - the third-most of any tennis player, male or female, all time. Take a look back at all 21 of them in this very special gallery!
  • 15 Great Pics From The 2015 Final

    June 06, 2015
    Ferocious forehands, blistering backhands, powerful serves, the trophy ceremony - check out 15 of the best pics from the French Open final right here on wtatennis.com!
  • 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!
  • 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...
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    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.
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Videos

  • French Open Preview

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    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
2015 Serena Williams Bethanie Mattek-Sands / Lucie Safarova
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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