As one of the four Grand Slams, the French Open is a tournament every tennis player dreams of winning.
The yearly clay-court event in Paris attracts the best players and never fails to deliver some drama. Novak Djokovic and Barbara Krejcikova are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s singles but there have been many more over the years.
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While Djokovic ended Nadal’s run of five straight French Opens in 2021, the Spaniard is the undisputed king of clay having won it on 13 occasions.
Prior to Nadal, Swedish legend Bjorn Borg was the most successful player having won the tournament six times in the space of eight years.
Spain have had the most men’s singles success in the Open era with the title lifted 19 times by a Spaniard.
|2003||Juan Carlos Ferrero|
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Barbora Krejcikova is the defending women’s singles French Open champion and was the second unseeded player in as many years to win the tournament.
American Chris Evert is the most successful woman at the tournament with seven titles to her name.
Americans have historically dominated the event and seen a champion crowned 15 times – 10 more than next best Australia.
|1998||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario|
|1994||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario|
|1989||Arantxa Sanchez Vicario|
|1972||Billie Jean King|
Who are the youngest and oldest French Open winners?
Monica Seles is the youngest player to win the French Open when she did so at the age of 16 years and six months in 1990. The teenager beat Steffi Graf in straight sets and would go on to win the next two tournaments at Roland-Garros.
At the other end of the age spectrum, Andrés Gimeno is the oldest French Open champion when he triumphed in 1972 at the age of 34 years and 10 months. That was Gimeno’s only Grand Slam win having also made the Australian Open final in 1969.
Should Nadal win the men’s singles title in 2022, he will replace Gimeno as the oldest player to become champion with the Spaniard set to turn 36 on June 3.