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Roll into Roland Garros
22nd May 2018

Clay season is in full swing and Roland Garros, also known as the French Open, is here. The French Open is one of the four major tournaments in tennis and presents an opportunity to discuss interesting tennis trivia and educational topics in our classes, including history, how the court surface affects play, and geography.



La Ville Lumière (The City of Light) – Paris, France

Paris is the capital of the country, home to the Eifel Tower and the Louvre, and annually hosts the French Open.

2017 French Open Men's Winners
2017 French Open Women's Winners
2017 French Open Mixed Winners
Tournament Format 

The best tennis players from around the world gather to compete in five events:

  1. Men’s singles, 128 players
  2. Women’s singles, 128 players
  3. Men’s doubles, 64 teams
  4. Women’s doubles, 64 teams
  5. Mixed doubles, 32 teams

Players and teams are seeded into single elimination brackets, with seeding determined by WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) and ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) rankings. See the images on the right for the 2017 winners of each event. 

Court Surface

Unlike the other three tennis majors, the French Open is the only one to utilize clay courts. Matches are quickly recognizable thanks to two defining characteristics of their courts: the bright orange color and how they allow players to slide around. We couldn’t think of a better person to show these staples off than the King of Clay himself – 10x French Open Winner Rafael Nadal!

Nadal Clay Gif


Taking place May 21 – June 10, the Tennis Channel and NBC Sports will be broadcasting the tournament. Make sure to adjust for the time difference as the French Open takes place in Paris, France.

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