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The French Open Tennis

JOHANNESBURG 15:00 18-02-2014


French Open History

As the charming European summer commences, giants of the tennis world descend upon Paris for the years second Grand Slam and the highlight for the European clay court season. The illustrious French Open, officially named in French as the Tournoi de Roland Garros after the legendary World War II French aviator features all that is tennis excellence revealed in the exertions that come with lifting the one and only Coupe Suzanne Lenglen.


Established in 1891 the tournament has stood the test of time from the humble beginnings of being a ‘French club only’ tournament. The French Open is presently the only Grand Slam of its kind and has over the years become one of the most important and sort after championship on the professional tennis ATP world circuit.


What sets the French Open apart from the other annual Grand Slams are the tournaments clay court characteristics. Clay courts decelerate the speed of the ball delivering a high bounce effect in comparison to that of hard and grass courts. Because of this big servers and volleyers find it hard to dominate of on such surfaces.

Contributing to the illusive nature of winning the title itself, is the fact that many tennis greats who have won multiple Grand Slams have not been able to conquer Roland Garros.


2013 French Open Grand Slam

In the last two weeks of May the world’s premier clay court tournament, and the second instalment of 2013 Grand Slam action will take place at the Stade Roland Garros. This year’ highly anticipated French Open will host an exceptionally talented playing field of world renowned tennis experts.

Together with the pride and acclaim that complements a Grand Slam title holder this year’s victor will earn a substantially increased first place prize of $1.64 Million .Defending champions Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal will have to bring it on yet again if they have any hope of defending their hard fought Roland Garros titles. Both Champions will be in very good company top ranked male seeds include; Novak Djokovic who will look to go all the way this time around after qualifying for his first Final in 2012.

Two times Roland Garros champion Roger Federer, Andy Murry and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who will be looking forward to becoming the first French conqueror since 1983. Other top contenders include David Ferrer, Thomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic among others. Women Top seeds vying for glory include World Number One, Victoria Azarenka, last year’s finalist Sara Errani, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova , Na Li, Agnieszka Radwanska, Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki to name a few.



A Roland Garros Flash Back

Many tennis authorities from generation to generation have tried and failed in Paris, but in 2012 Maria Sharapova conquered the elusive Roland Garros to become only the tenth women of all time to win a career Grand Slam. Her opponent Sara Errani defied all odds enroute to her first Grand Slam final, she started the event at a lofty outright average market price of 16/1.

The 2012 women’s addition had in actual fact proved to be one of the most challenging campaigns thus far. In the first week nine of the top 16 seeds failed to progress pass the third round. Betxchange punters who picked out outsiders smiled all the way to the bank way before the tournament reached the business end. In what may very well had been the greatest Roland Garros upset of all time, the biggest tennis sensation the world has ever seen Serena Williams found herself dumbstruck when the lowly ranked Virginie Razzano defeated her in a thrilling first round encounter.

Betxchange priced Razzano at a hefty 14/1 to win the match. The men’s competition also provided its fair share of drama, the 2012 rain delayed final spanned over a two day period but in no way failed to disappoint. Rafael Nadal, arguably the greatest tennis player ever to grace the clay court made Roland Garros history when he defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to lift his seventh championship in Paris, in this bypassing the open era record left by the Sweden tennis great Bjorn Borg.

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