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  • French Open : One of the Most Prestigious Annual Tennis Championships of the World

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
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    Sports are an activity that brings various countries and its inhabitants closer to each other from time to time. This can be possible reason why all round the year there are various sports activities taking place at different parts of the world. Among the various sports activities, tennis is one of the major games that are played by a number of countries at different parts of the world in the name of different championships through the year. Some of the most famous and world renowned sportsperson to play this game are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Leander Paes, and many others.

    Paris and the French tennis championship

    French Open, as the name suggests, the tournament has its origin from France. The tournament starts from the middle of May and lasts till the early days of June, hence altogether a 2 weeks schedule of tennis championship where players from different parts of the world takes part representing their countries. Held in the capital city of Paris, the Tournoi de Roland-Garros is arranged at the Stade de Roland Garros. This tournament is known to be the second among the Glam Slam competitions held all over the world tennis circuit.

    The French tournament is widely known across the world known only for its clay court but also for the arrangements that are made for the different countries and their representative players. To witness the best tennis players playing on the clay court of Paris, a large audience arrives from different parts of the world. This period of time is no less than a festival for the city of Paris. Hotels are not only booked but are packed and hence booking is advance is always advised if someone is interested in enjoying the French tennis tournament. Also, as Paris is an expensive city, a good research would save from getting bankrupted.

    History of the French Tournament

    The French tennis tournament holds a very prestigious history of its own. It started way back in the year of 1891, and was first named to be the Championat de France International de Tennis tournament. But later with passing days, the name of the tournament was shortened to the French Open Championship. The two weeks championship is played on the world?s finest clay court and hence it is considered to be one of the most prestigious tournaments around the world. Also the French Championship is known for being the most physically demanding championship in tennis due to the slow playing surface that its offers.

    Not only the name, but a number of changes have been made in the tournament since last 50 years time. The name Open was added in the year of 196 when the tournament was thrown open for both the amateur and the professional players together. A number of awards have been also added such as Prix Orange, Prix Citron and Prix Bourgeon in the later years in comparison to the already existing awards. Also in the year 2007, the price money for both male and female winners was equalized.

    As in other sports, in tennis also different grounds are suitable for different players. For example, the French clay court is much different than the grass court of the Wimbledon. The totally alternate courts create an impact on the playing style of the players who are playing on these courts. Thus the courts where the players are playing tennis can be also an important element to create a reputation for the players in their playing career. History has a number of such examples such as Roger Federer, who is a champion winner of the Glam Slam tournaments in contrast to Rafael Nadal, who is maximum times winner in the French Open tournament.

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