Tennis is one of the most favored international sports to watch; with its intensity and unpredictable outcomes its one of the most popular to play as well. It seems that everyone is watching and talking about the French Open right now, so here is some information and fun facts you might not have known.
First, the French Open is one of four grand slam tournaments. The grand slam tournaments are the Australian Open, US Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. These are the four major events that athletes strive to play in each year and which help determine their rankings.
Next, the French Open is held in Paris, France at Stade Roland Garros. The stadium, Roland Garros, was named after a notable French World War I pilot. The courts are made of clay and the French Open is the only grand slam tournament to be played on clay courts. Now, the difference between clay courts and hard or grass courts is that the ball bounces higher on clay and travels slower, making it a very physically demanding game.
Finally, the tournament was established in 1891, it was originally a national championship but was then changed allow international talent to compete.
As one of the largest tennis events of the year, the French Open attracts all the best players from all over the world. With the tricky surface, the tournament is full of surprises and you never know who will win. The French Open has a lot of history behind it and is definitely one of the major sporting events you won’t want to miss out on.
June 1, 2011 at 11:31 am Comments (0)