French Open

The History of French Open

The history of the French Open: Time passes by quite easily. Now, this year French Open turns 128 years old. However, even with the passing time, its glamour did not fade. It has got its own aura which displays the importance of Parisian Slam. There is no doubt in this that it has attracted the minds of all the tennis players, fans, media, insiders and the crowds from its origin time.

Before, all the generations did admire and wrote stories relating to the exploits of the heroes. It mainly had Parisian backgrounds as the incredible part of the frame. It was 1891 when the first tournament was held. You will really find this astonishing that since the first edition till 1924, the game tournaments were only reserved for the French tennis players or the only member of the French tennis club.

history of French Open
History of French Open

However, since 1925 the tournament was made available and extended to be played to all the tennis players of the world. The venue location of the tournament is at the Stade Roland Garros. This particular facility was named after the pilot of the French air force of the First World War. This is located near the Bois de Boulogne.

In the year 1891, the first tournament match was then organized by the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athletiques. It was played on the courts of Racing Club de France. The event was held on the one day basis in which five participants took part.

It was in the initial of ’90s that is during the year of 1920 when the tournament found its real identity. The greatest expansion, along with world fame, was witnessed. The entire credit is given to the five athletes, who helped in marking a great role in the tennis history or rather, sports on the general. The name included Rene Lacoste, Jean Borotra, Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon and Suzanne Lenglen. They were even known as the four Musketeers and La Divine.

The tournament was made available for all the players of the world. In the year of 1925, it was held in the Saint Cloud park. However, after the victorious win of these four Musketeers in the Davis Cup of the year 1927 it was further decided to make the Stade de Roland Garros on the widespread site measuring three hectare near the Porte d’ Auteuil. Therefore, it was inaugurated in the year 1928.

However, Fred Perry and Nicola Pietrangeli came after the Second World War consecutively before and after. But with the Open Era, every tennis players was permitted to step in and play in the clay courts. It was even renamed as the French Open. They even allowed all the professional players to enjoy the game which was declared as the traitors to the sports by the Federation Francaise de Tennis.

However, the advent between Bjorn Borg and Chris Evert as well as the other one between Steffi Graf and Gustavo Kuerten led to marking of the following years. But, with the advent of the year 2000, it was quite transparent that the tournament facilities provided were not adequate to match up the currently prevalent standards. All the other competitive tournaments which included the Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open and rather all the Slams were played with at least of one roof retractable.

One can never forget the year of battles and reproaches. However, now things have changed completely. Amazingly, on the Philippe Chatrier, the retractable roof with the modernized plant is under construction. However, the recent historic additions are well known to everyone. Who does not knows about the renowned personality relating to the sports, namely Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, and Serena Williams? It is quite obvious that some beautiful historic event additions will be made with the upcoming time.