There's just one match remaining at the 2019 French Open as Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem bring down the curtain on what has been another thrilling fortnight at Roland Garros in the men's singles final on Sunday.

Ashleigh Barty capped a dream fortnight by winning a first Grand Slam title in the women's singles final on Saturday, easing past 19-year-old Czech sensation Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets to become the first Australian woman to claim a Roland Garros title since Margaret Court in 1973. You can read all about that result here.

Meanwhile, Thiem is trying to become the first man to beat Nadal in a Roland Garros final as he chases a maiden major title, but the Spaniard will of course have other ideas as he aims for a record 12th title.

Read a full match preview of that match here.

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French Open tournament schedule

French Open Order of Play - Sunday June 9

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Court Philippe CHATRIER - play begins at 11.30am local time (10.30am BST)

Women’s doubles final

Yingying DUAN (CHN)/Saisai ZHENG (CHN) vs Timea BABOS (HUN)/Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) [2]

Not before 3.00pm (2.00pm BST)

Men’s singles final


Court Suzanne LENGLEN - play begins at 11.00am local time (10.00am BST)

Men’s legends doubles final

Sergi BRUGUERA (ESP)/Goran IVANISEVIC (CRO) vs Mikael PERNFORS/Mats WILANDER (SWE)

French Open players 2019

Arguably the toughest tournament to win in all of tennis, the French Open - otherwise known as Roland Garros - is live between May 20 and June 9, 2019, with the leading men and women in tennis set to battle it out on the clay of Paris for one of the sport’s biggest prizes.


On the men’s side, the second Grand Slam of the season has belonged to one man for over the last decade, and that is of course the ‘King of Clay, the great Rafael Nadal. The undisputed best clay-court player in history, Nadal has won an extraordinary 11 French Open titles since capturing his first trophy all the way back in 2005. Incredibly, Nadal has only failed to win the title three times since, with Roger Federer prevailing in 2009, Stan Wawrinka in 2015 and Novak Djokovic in 2016.

After a couple of injury-ravaged seasons in which Wawrinka and Djokovic took advantage to win maiden French Open crowns, Nadal restored parity in 2017 and 2018, surging to back-to-back triumphs and winning his 10th and 11th titles in commanding fashion, defeating Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem in straight sets in both of those finals, not losing more than four games in a set.

Back to his fearsome best on the dirt and having prevailed at Roland Garros last year for the loss of just one set throughout the entire tournament, Nadal - after also making the Australian Open final to launch the 2019 season - is once again the firm favourite for the silverware.

However, one man will be confident of taking him out and creating history once more at the second Grand Slam of the year. Novak Djokovic will again be chasing a piece of tennis immortality at the French Open, with the Serbian looking to capture all four major prizes at the same time for the second time in his career after doing so in 2016 when he beat Andy Murray to win his first Roland Garros title. Djokovic struggled for the best part of two years after that triumph, but he put together a brilliant resurgent season in the back-half of 2018, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before starting 2019 with a record-breaking seventh Australian Open triumph.

One of the few men who has troubled Nadal on clay over the years, is Djokovic set for more history on the Parisian clay in 2019?

Meanwhile, could we see the legendary Roger Federer return to the French Open in 2019? The Swiss maestro, who won his one and only Roland Garros title in 2009, announced his plans to play on clay for the first time in two years after a fourth round defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open in January, saying he’s missed not competing in Paris. Could Federer put together a fairytale run to the title in what could be his last appearance at the French Open, ten years after winning his first title?

We also mustn’t forget about Dominic Thiem, the Austrian enforcer who was dubbed the ‘Prince of Clay’ following a run to his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open last year. Thiem, who has beaten both Nadal and Djokovic on clay and also finished runner-up at the Madrid Masters in 2018, crushed Alexander Zverev on his way to the Roland Garros final last year, but he was ultimately no match for Nadal in the final, losing in straight sets. It will be interesting to see how Thiem has improved his clay-court game 12 months on and whether he can present a serious challenge to Nadal and co. in 2019.

Speaking of Zverev, the young German arrives at Roland Garros on the back of yet another Grand Slam disappointment at the Australian Open, where he was bundled out in straight sets by Milos Raonic. Is this finally the slam where Zverev steps up and delivers? Or is he in danger of being usurped by his fellow Next Generation stars, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Denis Shapovalov, Frances Tiafoe and Alex de Minaur.

Over on the women’s side, former World No. 1 Simona Halep sets her sights on defending a Grand Slam title for the first time. The Romanian erased the demons of a heartbreaking loss to Jelena Ostapenko in the 2017 French Open final by coming back from a set-and-a-break down to conquer Sloane Stephens in the 2018 showpiece to capture her maiden major title and firmly establish herself as the World No. 1.


However, Halep endured a tough end to 2018, with her last win coming in August as she crashed out in the first round of the US Open and shut down her season early due to a lingering back injury. After a split with wonder coach Darren Cahill and linking up with Belgian Thierry Van Cleemput, Halep is looking to recapture her best tennis on the clay of Roland Garros - but with the immense depth in women’s tennis, she faces a mountainous challenge to go back-to-back.

Three-time champion Serena Williams once again begins her quest for a record-equalling 24th major singles title, with the legendary American withdrawing from Roland Garros in the fourth round last year due to injury, while her next three major events have ended in bitter disappointment, with Serena losing in the final of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, while she let slip of a 5-1 lead in the deciding set against Karolina Pliskova in the 2019 Australian Open quarter-finals.

Angelique Kerber will be out to complete her career slam as she looks to add the French Open to her previous triumphs in Melbourne, London and New York, while the likes of Pliskova and Elina Svitolina are chasing their first Grand Slam titles after threatening to break through for the last few years now.

Meanwhile, a lot of attention will once again be surrounding Naomi Osaka - can the Japanese superstar continue her stellar form and win a third consecutive Grand Slam title? Osaka has put together a whirlwind rise right to the top of women’s tennis after her U.S. Open and Australian Open triumphs, but can she produce the same sort of quality on clay? The same goes for Petra Kvitova, who has been sensational since returning to the sport midway through 2017 - can she perhaps go one step further than she did in Melbourne and win a third Grand Slam in Paris?

Former champion Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko and Maria Sharapova will be determined to recapture their previous glory and make an impact, while rising stars such as Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina, Ashleigh Barty and Dayana Yastremska will also be out to cause some damage as they plot a path to their first maiden title.

It promises to be another thrilling fortnight of French Open tennis as the second Grand Slam of the year is live from Paris between May 20 and June 9, 2019.

French Open seeds

RG19 men's seeds

SeedPlayerBest French Open resultLatest 2019 RG result
1Novak DjokovicChampion (2016)R1: d, Hubert Hurkacz, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Henri Laaksonen 6-1 6-4 6-3
R3: d. Salvatore Caruso 6-3 6-3 6-2
R16: d. Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-2 6-2
QF: d. Alexander Zverev 7-5 6-2 6-2
SF: Lost to Dominic Thiem 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 5-7
2Rafael NadalChampion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)R1: d. Yannick Hanfmann, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3
R2: d. Yannick Maden 6-1 6-2 6-4
R3: d. David Goffin 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3
R16: d. Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2 6-3 6-3
QF: d. Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1 6-3
SF: d. Roger Federer 6-3 6-4 6-2
Final: Dominic Thiem
3Roger FedererChampion (2009)R1: d. Lorenzo Sonego, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
R2: d. Oscar Otte (LL) 6-4 6-3 6-4
R3: d. Casper Ruud 6-3 6-1 7-6(8)
R16: d. Leonardo Mayer 6-2 6-3 6-3
QF: d. Stan Wawrinka 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4
SF: Lost to Rafael Nadal 3-6 4-6 2-6
4Dominic ThiemRunner-up (2018)R1: d. Tommy Paul, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2
R2: d. Alexander Bublik 6-3 6-7(8) 6-3 7-5
R3: d. Pablo Cuevas 6-3 4-6 6-2 7-5
R16: d. Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4 6-2
QF: d. Karen Khachanov 6-2 6-4 6-2
SF: d. Novak Djokovic 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5
Final: Faces Rafael Nadal
5Alexander ZverevQF (2018)R1: d. John Millman 7-6(4) 6-3 2-6 6-7(5) 6-3
R2: d. Mikael Ymer 6-1 6-3 7-6(3)
R3: d. Dusan Lajovic 6-4 6-2 4-6 1-6 6-2
R16: d Fabio Fognini 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6(5)
QF: Lost to Novak Djokovic 5-7 2-6 2-6
6Stefanos TsitsipasR2 (2018)R1: d. Maximilian Marterer, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(4)
R2: d. Hugo Dellien 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-5
R3: d. Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(6)
R16: Lost to Stan Wawrinka 6-7(6) 7-5 4-6 6-3 6-8
7Kei NishikoriQF (2015, 2017)R1: d. Quentin Halys, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
R2: d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4
R3: d. Laslo Djere 6-4 6-7(6) 6-3 4-6 8-6
R16: d. Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7(8) 6-2 6-7(8) 7-5
QF: Lost to Rafael Nadal 1-6 1-6 3-6
8Juan Martin del PotroSF (2009, 2018)R1: d. Nicolas Jarry 3-6 6-2 6-1 6-4
R2: d. Yoshihito Nishioka 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 6-2
R3: d. Jordan Thompson 6-4 6-4 6-0
R16: Lost to Karen Khachanov 5-7 3-6 6-3 3-6
9Fabio FogniniQF (2011)R1: d. Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-0 3-6 6-3
R2: d. Federico Delbonis 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-3
R3: d. Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(5) 6-4 4-6 6-1
R16: Lost to Alexander Zverev 6-3 2-6 2-6 6-7(5)
10Karen KhachanovR16 (2017, 2018)R1: d. Cedrick-Marcel Stebe 6-1 6-1 6-4
R2: d. Gregoire Barrere 6-3 7-6(6) 0-6 7-5
R3: d. Klizan 6-1 6-4 6-3
R16: d. Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-3
QF: Lost to Dominic Thiem 2-6 4-6 2-6
11Marin CilicQF (2017, 2018)R1: d. Thomas Fabbiano, 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
R2: Lost to Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(3) 4-6 6-4 6-7(2) 3-6
12Daniil MedvedevR1 (2017, 2018)R1: Lost to Pierre-Hugues Herbert, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 5-7
13Borna CoricR3 (2015, 2016, 2018)R1: d. Aljaz Bedene, 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4
R2: d. Lloyd Harris 6-2 6-3 7-6(2)
R3: Lost to Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 1-6 6-4 6-7(1) 9-11
14Gael MonfilsSF (2008)R1: d. Taro Daniel 6-0 6-4 6-1
R2: d. Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-4 6-4
R3: d. Antoine Hoang 6-3 6-2 6-3
R16: Lost to Dominic Thiem 4-6 4-6 2-6
15Nikoloz BasilashviliR3 (2017)R1: Lost to Juan Ignacio Londero, 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
16Marco CecchinatoSF (2018)R1: Lost to Nicolas Mahut (WC), 6-2, 7-6(6), 4-6, 2-6, 4-6
17Diego SchwartzmanQF (2018)R1: d. Marton Fucsovics, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-2
R2: Lost to Leonardo Mayer 6-4 3-6 4-6 5-7
18Roberto Bautista AgutR16 (2016, 2017)R1: d. Steve Johnson 6-3 6-4 6-2
R2: d. Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-3 6-2
R3: Lost to Fabio Fognini 6-7(5) 4-6 6-4 1-6
19Guido PellaR2 (2013, 2016, 2018)R1: d. Guido Andreozzi, 7-6(2), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
R2: Lost to Corentin Moutet 3-6 1-6 6-2 5-7
20Denis ShapovalovR2 (2018)R1: Lost to Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-7(1), 3-6, 4-6
21Alex de MinaurR1 (2017, 2018)R1: d. Bradley Klahn, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
R2: Lost to Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6 1-6 1-6
22Lucas PouilleR3 (2017, 2018)R1: d. Simone Bolelli 6-3 6-4 7-5
R2: Lost to Martin Klizan 6-7(4) 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-9
23Fernando VerdascoR16 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018)R1: d. Dan Evans 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-2
R2: Lost to Antoine Hoang 4-6 6-3 6-7(5) 5-7
24Stan WawrinkaChampion (2015)R1: d. Jozef Kovalik, 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3
R2: d. Cristian Garin 6-1 6-4 6-0
R3: d. Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5) 7-6(4) 7-6(8)
R16: d. Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6
QF: Lost to Roger Federer 6-7(4) 6-4 6-7(5) 4-6
25Felix Auger-AliassimeNever playedWithdrew
26Gilles SimonR16 (2011, 2013, 2015)R1: d. Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
R2: Lost to Salvatore Caruso 1-6 2-6 4-6
27David GoffinQF (2016)R1: d. Ricardas Berankis, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-4 6-3
R3: Lost to Rafael Nadal 3-6 1-6 6-4 3-6
28Kyle EdmundR3 (2017, 2018)R1: d. Jeremy Chardy 7-6(1) 5-7 6-4 4-6 7-5
R2: Retired vs Pablo Cuevas
29Matteo BerrettiniR3 (2018)R1: d. Pablo Andujar, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2
R2: Lost to Casper Ruud 4-6 5-7 3-6
30Dusan LajovicR16 (2014)R1: d. Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4 6-4
R2: d. Elliot Benchetrit 6-3 6-3 6-4
R3: Lost to Alexander Zverev 4-6 2-6 6-4 6-1 2-6
31Laslo DjereR1 (2016, 2018)R1: d. Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(2)
R2: d. Alexei Popyrin (WC) 6-4 7-6(4) 6-4
R3: Lost to Kei Nishikori 4-6 7-6(8) 3-6 6-4 6-8
32Frances TiafoeR1 (2015, 2017, 2018)R1: Lost to Filip Krajinovic, 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 0-6

RG19 women's seeds

SeedPlayerBest French Open resultLatest RG19 result
1Naomi OsakaR3 (2016, 2018)R1: d. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 0-6 7-6(4) 6-1
R2: d. Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3
R3: Lost to Katerina Siniakova 4-6 2-6
2Karolina PliskovaSF (2017)R1: d. Madison Brengle, 6-2, 6-3
R2: d. Kristina Kucova 6-2 6-2
R3: Lost to Petra Martic 3-6 3-6
3Simona HalepChampion (2018)R1: d. Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2 3-6 6-1
R2: d. Magda Linette 6-4 5-7 6-3
R3: d. LesiaTsurenko 6-2 6-1
R16: d. Iga Swiatek 6-1 6-0
QF: Lost to Amanda Anisimova 2-6 4-6
4Kiki BertensSF (2016)R1: d. Pauline Parmentier, 6-3, 6-4
R2: Retired vs Viktoria Kuzmova 1-3
5Angelique KerberQF (2012, 2018)R1: Lost to Anastasia Potapova, 4-6, 2-6
6Petra KvitovaSF (2012)Withdrew
7Sloane StephensRunner-up (2018)R1: d. Misaki Doi, 6-3, 7-6(4)
R2: d. Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-1 7-6(3)
R3: d. Polona Hercog 6-3 5-7 6-4
R16: d. Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-3
QF: Lost to Johanna Konta 1-6 4-6
8Ashleigh BartyR2 (2013, 2018)R1: d. Jessica Pegula, 6-3, 6-3
R2: d. Danielle Collins 7-5 6-1
R3: d. Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-1
R16: d. Sofia Kenin 6-3 3-6 6-0
QF: d. Madison Keys 6-3 7-5
SF: d. Amanda Anisimova 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3
Final: d. Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 6-3
9Elina SvitolinaQF (2015, 2017)R1: d. Venus Williams, 6-3, 6-3
R2: d. Kateryna Kozlova via walkover
R3: Lost to Garbine Muguruza 3-6 3-6
10Serena WilliamsChampion (2002, 2013, 2015)R1: d. Vitalia Diatchenko, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
R2: d. Nara 6-3 6-2
R3: Lost to Sofia Kenin 2-6 5-7
11Aryna SabalenkaR1 (2018)R1: d. Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-1
R2: Lost to Amanda Anisimova 4-6 2-6
12Anastasija SevastovaR3 (2017)R1: d. Luksika Kumkhum, 6-1, 6-4
R2: d. Mandy Minella 6-2 6-4
R3: d. Elise Mertens 6-7(3) 6-4 11-9
R16: Lost to Marketa Vondrousova 2-6 0-6
13Caroline WozniackiQF (2010, 2017)R1: Lost to Veronika Kudermetova, 6-0, 3-6, 3-6
14Madison KeysSF (2018)R1: d. Evgeniya Rodina 6-1 6-2
R2: d. Priscilla Hon 7-5 5-7 6-3
R3: d. Anna Blinkova 6-3 6-7(5) 6-4
R16: d. Katerina Siniakova 6-2 6-4
QF: Lost to Ashleigh Barty 3-6 5-7
15Belinda BencicR2 (2015, 2018)R1: d. Jessika Ponchet, 6-1, 6-4
R2: d. Laura Siegemund 4-6 6-4 6-4
R3: Lost to Donna Vekic4-6 1-6
16Qiang WangR3 (2018)R1: d. Zheng Saisai 6-1 7-5
R2: Lost to Iga Swiatek 3-6 0-6
17Anett KontaveitR16 (2018)R1: Lost to Karolina Muchova 6-3 2-6 2-6
18Julia GoergesR16 (2015)R1: Lost to Kaia Kanepi, 5-7, 1-6
19Garbine MuguruzaChampion (2016)R1: d. Taylor Townsend, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
R2: d. Johanna Larsson 6-4 6-1
R3: d. Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3
R16: Lost to Sloane Stephens 4-6 3-6
20Elise MertensR16 (2018)R1: d. Tamara Zidansek, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
R2: d. Diane Parry 6-1 6-3
R3: Lost to Anastasija Sevastova 7-6(3) 4-6 9-11
21Daria KasatkinaQF (2018)R1: d. Jasmin Paolini 6-2 6-3
R2: Lost to Monica Puig 3-6 1-6
22Bianca AndreescuNever playedR1: d. Marie Bouzkova 5-7 6-4 6-4
R2: Withdrew vs Sofia Kenin
23Donna VekicR3 (2015)R1: d. Liudmila Samsonova (Q), 6-2, 6-4
R2: d. Rebecca Peterson 1-6 6-1 6-2
R3: d. Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-1
R16: Lost to Johanna Konta 2-6 4-6
24Caroline GarciaQF (2017)R1: d. Mona Barthel 6-2 6-4
R2: Lost to Anna Blinkova 6-1 4-6 4-6
25Su-Wei HsiehR3 (2017)R1: d. Viktorija Golubic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
R2: Lost to Andrea Petkovic 6-4 3-6 6-8
26Johanna KontaR1 (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)R1: d. Antonia Lottner, 6-4, 6-4
R2: d. Lauren Davis 6-3 1-6 6-3
R3: d. Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2 6-1
R16: d. Donna Vekic 6-2 6-4
QF: d. Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-4
SF: Lost to Marketa Vondrousova 5-7 6-7(2)
27Lesia TsurenkoR16 (2018)R1: d. Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-2
R2: d. Aleksandra Krunic 5-7 7-5 11-9
R3: Lost to Simona Halep 2-6 1-6
28Carla Suarez NavarroQF (2008, 2014)R1: d. Dayana Yastremska, 2-6, 7-6(0), 6-0
R2: d. Shelby Rogers 6-1 6-7(4) 6-3
R3: Lost to Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 4-6
29Maria SakkariR3 (2018)R1: d. Anna Tatishvili 6-0 6-1
R2: Lost to Katerina Siniakova 6-7(5) 7-6(8) 3-6
30Mihaela BuzarnescuR16 (2018)R1: Lost to Ekaterina Alexandrova, 4-6, 4-6
31Petra MarticR16 (2012, 2017)R1: d. Ons Jabeur, 6-1, 6-2
R2: d. Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 6-1
R3: d. Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3
R16: d. Kaia Kanepi 5-7 6-2 6-4
QF: Faces Marketa Vondrousova
32Aliaksandra SasnovichR2 (2017, 2018)R1: Lost to Polona Hercog, 6-4, 2-6, 6-8

About the French Open

The second Grand Slam of the year is one of the most gruelling and demanding of the tennis season – if not the most demanding for the men, who must compete in best-of-five set matches for a fortnight on the most endurance-requiring surface in the game.

The French Open – otherwise known as Roland Garros, named after the Stade Roland Garros, where the tournament has been held since 1928 – has a long and complicated history. This has seen the tournament change locations and identities multiple times since its founding in 1891. Before 1925, the tournament was open to members of French tennis clubs only, and named the Championnat de France. Originating as a men's event alone, a women's tournament was added for the first time in 1897 – with doubles tournaments beginning to be added in 1902. 

As the Championnat de France, the event changed both location and surface several times over. Initially, it was contested in Puteaux, and played on sand laid out on rubble. In moving on the the Racing Club of France, Paris, it changed surfaces to clay, and remained as such throughout periods of time spent in Bordeaux and Auteuil (Paris.)

After a couple more venue changes, the tournament finally came to rest at the Roland Garros stadium in 1928 – the year it officially became a Grand Slam tournament.

The tournament's history can be divided up into three stages: Before 1925 (the French club members only event), 1925-1967, and the Open Era - which is 1968 and beyond. It was only at the beginning of the Open Era that the tournament dropped its title of the 'French Championships' and adopted the major title of the French Open.

In the 1925-1967 era, France's own Henry Cochet won the most editions of the French Open, achieving four (1926, 1928, 1930, 1932). Bjorn Borg of the Open Era bested this record with six titles (1974-75, 1978-81), a tally which nobody expected would be broken. Nevertheless, Rafael Nadal – still an active player – has gone above and beyond with his current all-time record of ten Roland Garros trophies (2005-08, 2010-14, 2017). The Spaniard also holds the record for most consecutive titles won with his five from 2010 to 2014. This also translates into an all-time record, as Frank Parker, Jaroslav Drobny, Tony Trabert and Nicola Pietrangeli of the pre-Open Era only scored two consecutive victories each.

Over with the women, the legendary Suzanne Lenglen won the most titles before the Open Era, triumphing six times (1920-23, 1925-26.) Chris Evert's seven title victories hold the record from 1968 onwards (1974-75, 1979-80, 1983, 1985-86.) Lenglen also holds the pre-Open Era record for most consecutive titles – four – and shares that status with fellow Frenchwoman Jeanne Matthey (1909-12.) In the Open Era, Monica Seles (1990-92) and Justine Henin (2005-07) share the status.

In recent years, the reign of Rafael Nadal, which saw him win nine of ten years between 2005 and 2014 (the exception being 2009 when he suffered a shock defeat to Robin Soderling, creating an opening for Roger Federer to finally complete his career Grand Slam), was suspended by titles for Stan Wawrinka in 2015 and Novak Djokovic in 2016 before Nadal returned in triumph in 2017, capturing 'La Decima' - a tenth title - without dropping a set despite facing Wawrinka in the final. Nadal successfully defended his title in 2018, prevailing for the 11th time with a straight sets win over first-time major finalist Dominic Thiem. 

On the women's side, recent years have seen Maria Sharapova (2012, 2014) and Serena WIlliams (2013, 2015) ending a string of one-time champions which included Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Francesca Schiavone and Li Na, while Garbine Muguruza became the first Spanish woman since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998 to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen when she claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, just 19 years old, became the first unseeded player in history to win the crown when she captured the title in 2017, defeating Simona Halep in the final.

Halep would bounce back in the 2018 showpiece, finally capturing her maiden Grand Slam title with a come-from-behind win over Sloane Stephens.

French Open tournament information

Fast facts about Roland Garros

French OpenRoland Garros
DatesMay 26 to June 9, 2019
LocationParis, France
VenueStade Roland Garros
SurfaceRed clay (outdoors)
CategoryGrand Slam
Governing bodyFrench Tennis Federation (FFT)
First played1891
Draw size128 singles/64 doubles
Most men's singles titles Rafael Nadal (11)
Most women's singles titlesChris Evert (7)
Most consecutive titles (men)Rafael Nadal (5, 2010-14)
Most consecutive titles (women)Monica Seles (3, 1990-92), Justine Henin (3, 2005-7)
Youngest winner (men)Michael Chang (17 years, 3 months)
Youngest winner (women)Monica Seles (16 years, 6 months)
Oldest winner (men)Andre Vacherot (40 years, 9 months)
Oldest winner (women)Zsuzsa Kormorczy (33 years, 10 months)
Current men's singles championRafael Nadal
Current women's singles championSimona Halep
Current men's doubles championsPierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut
Current women's doubles championsBarbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova
Current mixed doubles championsLatisha Chan/Ivan Dodig

Former French Open champions

Previous winners at Roland Garros (in the Open Era)

YearMen's championRunner-upWomen's championRunner-up
1968Ken RosewallRod LaverNancy RicheyAnn Haydon-Jones
1969Rod Laver (2)Ken RosewallMargaret Court (3)Ann Haydon-Jones
1970Jan KodesZeljko FranulovicMargaret Court (4)Helga Niessen
1971Jan Kodes (2)Ilie NastaseEvonne GoolagongHelen Gourlay
1972Andres GimenoPatrick ProisyBillie Jean KingEvonne Goolagong
1973Ilie NastaseNikola PilicMargaret Court (5)Chris Evert
1974Bjorn BorgManuel OrantesChris EvertOlga Mozorova
1975Bjorn Borg (2)Guillermo VilasChris Evert (2)Martina Navratilova
1976Adriano PanattaHarold SolomonSue BarkerRenata Tomanova
1977Guillermo VilasBrian GottfriedMima JausovecFlorenta Mihai
1978Bjorn Borg (3)Guillermo VilasVirginia RuziciMima Jausovec
1979Bjorn Borg (4)Victor PecciChris Evert (3)Wendy Turnbull
1980Bjorn Borg (5)Vitas GerulaitisChris Evert (4)Virginia Ruzici
1981Bjorn Borg (6)Ivan LendlHana MandlikovaSylvia Hanika
1982Mats WilanderGuillermo VilasMartina NavratilovaAndrea Jaeger
1983Yannick NoahMats WilanderChris Evert (5)Mima Jausovec
1984Ivan LendlJohn McEnroeMartina Navratilova (2)Chris Evert
1985Mats WilanderIvan LendlChris Evert (6)Martina Navratilova
1986Ivan Lendl (2)Mikael PernforsChris Evert (7)Martina Navratilova
1987Ivan Lendl (3)Mats WilanderSteffi GrafMartina Navratilova
1988Mats Wilander (2)Henri LeconteSteffi Graf (2)Natasha Zvereva
1989Michael ChangStefan EdbergArantxa Sanchez VicarioSteffi Graf
1990Andres GomezAndre AgassiMonica SelesSteffi Graf
1991Jim CourierAndre AgassiMonica Seles (2)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1992Jim Courier (2)Petr KordaMonica Seles (3)Steffi Graf
1993Sergi BrugueraJim CourierSteffi Graf (3)Mary Joe Fernandez
1994Sergi Bruguera (2)Alberto BerasateguiArantxa Sanchez Vicario (2)Mary Pierce
1995Thomas MusterMichael ChangSteffi Graf (4)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996Yevgeny KafelnikovMichael StichSteffi Graf (5)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1997Gustavo KuertenSergi BrugueraIva MajoliMartina Hingis
1998Carlos MoyaAlex CorretjaArantxa Sanchez Vicario (3)Monica Seles
1999Andre AgassiAndrei MedvedevSteffi Graf (6)Martina Hingis
2000Gustavo Kuerten (2)Magnus NormanMary Pierce Conchita Martinez
2001Gustavo Kuerten (3)Alex CorretjaJennifer CapriatiKim Clijsters
2002Albert CostaJuan Carlos FerreroSerena WilliamsVenus Williams
2003Juan Carlos FerreroMartin VerkerkJustine HeninKim Clijsters
2004Gaston GaudioGuillermo CoriaAnastasia MyskinaElena Dementieva
2005Rafael NadalMariano PuertaJustine HeninMary Pierce
2006Rafael Nadal (2)Roger FedererJustine Henin (2)Svetlana Kuznetsova
2007Rafael Nadal (3)Roger FedererJustine Henin (3)Ana Ivanovic
2008Rafael Nadal (4)Roger FedererAna IvanovicDinara Safina
2009Roger FedererRobin SoderlingSvetlana KuznetsovaDinara Safina
2010Rafael Nadal (5)Robin SoderlingFrancesca SchiavoneSamantha Stosur
2011Rafael Nadal (6)Roger FedererLi NaFrancesca Schiavone
2012Rafael Nadal (7)Novak DjokovicMaria SharapovaSara Errani
2013Rafael Nadal (8)David FerrerSerena Williams (2)Maria Sharapova
2014Rafael Nadal (9)Novak DjokovicMaria Sharapova (2)Simona Halep
2015Stan WawrinkaNovak DjokovicSerena Williams (3)Lucie Safarova
2016Novak DjokovicAndy MurrayGarbine MuguruzaSerena Williams
2017Rafael Nadal (10)Stan WawrinkaJelena OstapenkoSimona Halep
2018Rafael Nadal (11)Dominic ThiemSimona HalepSloane Stephens

French Open History

The foundations of the French Open were first laid in 1891, when the inaugural edition of the French Championships was staged. History has it that matches were played as best-of-three sets contests until 1902 or 1903, after which the best-of-five format was adopted. Participation at the French Championships was initially restricted to members of French clubs, but it became an international event in 1925, when it was upgraded to major championship status by the International Lawn Tennis Federation.
 
Despite the initial restriction to home-based players, Briton, H. Briggs, a Paris resident, was the first ever men’s champion in 1891. The French Championships women’s singles began six years later in 1897, with Adine Masson emerging as the first winner. Between 1891 and 1924, the tournament was held at four different venues, including the sandy courts of the Ile de Puteaux, but it has been staged exclusively on outdoor clay since 1908. The French Open moved to its current site Roland Garros in 1928. The venue, which was opened in the same year for France’s first Davis Cup title defence, was named after World War I hero Roland Garros.

Henri Cochet, one of the famous Mousquetaires, was the first champion at the new venue, while American Helen Wills Moody won the women’s singles title in the first ever edition at Roland Garros. Australia’s Jack Crawford, in 1933, was the first non-French champion at Roland Garros, and the first non-French winner of the French Championships since Briton H. Briggs won the inaugural edition in 1891. The women’s singles didn’t have a foreign winner until Dutchwoman Kea Bouman defeated South African Irene Bowder Peacock in 1927.

The French Championships became the first Grand Slam to go Open in 1968, allowing both amateur and professional athletes to participate. Australian great Ken Rosewall was the first men’s singles champion in the Open Era, while Nancy Richey won the women’s event. Tournament organizers announced in March 2007 that there would be equal prize money for men and women, aligning the tournament with other majors which were already paying equal prize money to both sexes.

Why is the French Open so hard to win?

Played on the traditional clay known as terre battue, the French Open has a serious claim to being the biggest physical and mental challenge in tennis. Unlike the skiddy grass at Wimbledon or the hard courts in New York, the crushed brick at Roland Garros means a slower court surface and high-bouncing balls, with contemporary players routinely able to load the ball with topspin, and vicious kick. That, in turn, means longer rallies, with the best in the world able to run each other from side to side in grueling exchanges under the scorching Paris sun.

Physical fitness, power and stamina are vital qualities for success at Roland Garros, but so are variety, tactical awareness and acuity - a well-executed drop shot can have the devastating effect of a big serve on other surfaces. 

Also, the clay in Paris does have a tendency to swirl around in the wind, making conditions even more difficult for the players.

It's no surprise that the French Open has been sorting the best from the rest since it was first opened to all amateurs back in 1925. Some of the greatest in tennis history, including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, have found the Coupe des Mousquetaires eluding them and, with it, their dream of winning all four majors. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both endured years of frustration and multiple experiences of falling short at the final hurdle before completing the career Grand Slam in Paris. 

On the other hand, there are those for whom Roland Garros has been the rock on which their greatness was built. Bjorn Borg won the title six times between 1974 and 1981, becoming the most successful player at the French Open in the Open Era - a record decimated when a certain Rafael Nadal came along, winning an incredible ten titles between 2005 and 2017. Nadal’s extraordinary movement and defensive skills have rendered him almost unbeatable on the surface. While defence is a key requirement for success at Roland Garros, it is not the sole requirement. For all of Nadal’s defensive genius, the great Spaniard wields one of the most devastating forehands in the sport, and his use of the top-spin high-bouncing forehand to force his opponents back has been a constant feature of his clay-court dominance over the years.

Who are the greatest French Open players?

The great Rafael Nadal is unarguably the greatest human to ever step foot at Roland Garros. Nadal’s dominance of the tournament is staggering, with ten titles in his twelve visits to the French capital. A teenage Nadal claimed the title in his first attempt in 2005, beating Roger Federer in the semi-finals, and taking out Mariano Puerta in the title match. He would retain the Coupe des Mousquetaires in the next three seasons before Swede Robin Soderling ended his reign in 2009, causing one of the most seismic upsets in Grand Slam history with a four-set victory over the Spaniard in the fourth round. 

Nadal came back with a vengeance, claiming an Open Era record five straight titles between 2010 and 2014. The closest man to Nadal in the Open Era was Swed, Bjorn Borg, who wound up with six Roland Garros crowns, including four straight success between 1978 and 1981. Borg’s big rival Ivan Lendl won three, so did Mats Wilander and the likeable Brazilian, Gustavo Kuerten.

Prior to the advent of the Open Era, Frenchman Max Decugis won his eight titles before the first World War, while Henri Cochet, one of the Mousquetaires, had five titles.  

Chris Evert leads the women’s all-time field with seven titles, while Steffi Graf and Suzanne Lenglen, the great Frenchwoman who has one of the main show courts and the women’s singles’ trophy named after her, are joint second with six crowns. Margaret Court is one of a couple of women with five titles, while modern day French Open great Justin Henin picked up four. Henin and Monica Seles are the only women to win three straight Roland Garros crowns in the Open Era. How about Serena Williams, you ask? Well, the great American has hoisted the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen on three occasions - 2002, 2013 and 2015.

French Open records

Most titles (men):
Pre-1925 (French-only event) - Max Decugis, who won eight titles between 1903 and 1914
Amateur era (1925-67) - Henri Cochet, who won four titles between 1926 and 1932
Open Era (post-1967) - Rafael Nadal, with 11 titles between 2005 and 2017
All-time- Rafael Nadal (2005-9, 2010-14, 2017, 2018)

Most titles (women):
Pre-1967 - Suzanne Lenglen, who won six titles between 1920 and 1926
Open Era (post-1967) - Chris Evert, who won seven titles between 1974-1986
All-time - Chris Evert (1974-5, 1979-80, 1983, 1985-6)

Most consecutive singles titles (men)
Pre-1925 (French-only event) - Paul Ayme, who won four straight titles 1897-1900
Amateur era (1925-67) - Frank Parker (1948-49), Jaroslav Drobny (1951-2), Tony Trabert (1954-55), Nicola Pietrangeli (1959-60)
Open Era (post-1967) - Rafael Nadal, who won five straight titles 2010-2014
All-time - Rafael Nadal 2010-14

Most consecutive singles titles (women)
Pre-1967 - Suzanne Lenglen (four titles between 1920-1923) and Jeanne Mathey (1909-1912)
Open Era (post-1967) - Monica Seles (three titles between 1990-92) and Justine Henin (three titles 2005-7)

Most finals appearances (men)
Rafael Nadal made eleven finals between 2005-2018 (and has a 11-0 record)

Most finals appearances (women)
Chris Evert made nine finals between 1973-1986 (7-2 record)

Youngest winner (men) - Michael Chang, aged 17 years and 3 months in 1989

Youngest winner (women) - Monica Seles, aged 16 years and 6 months in 1990

Oldest winner (men) - Andre Vacherot, aged 40 years and 8 months in 1901

Oldest winner (women) - Zsusza Kormoczy, aged 33 years and 10 months in 1958

Unseeded winners (men)
Marcel Bernard (1946)
Mats Wilander (1982)
Gustavo Kuerten (1997)
Gaston Gaudio (2004)

Unseeded winners (women)
Margaret Scriven (1933)
Jelena Ostapenko (2017)

Longest match (men)
By time - Fabrice Santoro d. Arnaud Clement (R1, 2004), 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-6, 16-14 in 6 hours, 33 minutes
By games (with tie break scoring) - Paul-Henri Mathieu d. John Isner (R2, 2012), 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 76 games total
In a singles final - Mats Wilander d. Guillermo Vilas (1982), 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-0, 6-4 in 4 hours, 42 minutes

Longest match (women)
By time - Virginie Buisson d. Noelle van Lottum (R1, 1995), 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2 in 4 hours, 7 minutes
By games (with tie break scoring) - Linda Harvey-Wild d. Laura Gildemeister (R2, 1991), 7-6(7), 6-7(7), 11-9, 46 games total

Most aces in a single match (men)
Ivo Karlovic of Croatia served 55 aces in a win over Lleyton Hewitt at the 2009 French Open

Most aces in a single match (women)
Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia served 21 aces in a win over Lindsay Lee-Waters at the 2011 French Open

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