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French Open

French Open
NameFrench Open
 
Current2011 French Open
Logo Size120px
Bar Color#FF915F
Founded1891
CityParis (XVIe)
CountryFrance
VenueTennis Club de Paris, at Auteuil (some of the years from 1891 1908)
Île de Puteaux (some of the years from 1891 1908)
Racing Club de France (some of the years from 1891 1908, then 1910 to 1924, 1926 )
Société Athlétique de la Villa Primrose in Bordeaux (1909)
Stade Français (1925, 1927)
Stade Roland Garros (1928 present)
SurfaceSand Île de Puteaux
Clay All other venues (Outdoors)
Men Draw128S / 128Q / 64D (2009)
Women Draw128S / 96Q / 64D (2009)
Prize Money-17,520,000 (2011)
Most TitlesMax Decugis (8)
Web Sitehttp://www.rolandgarros.com

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The French Open ( or 'Tournoi de Roland-Garros', -frʁɔlɑ̃ ɡaʁɔsIPA, named after the famous French aviator Roland Garros) is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. It is the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world and the second of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments the other three are the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon. Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam held on clay and ends the spring clay court season.

It is one of the most prestigious events in tennis, and it has the widest worldwide broadcasting and audience of all regular events in this sport. Because of the slow playing surface and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.


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