Roland-Garros: 6 facts and anecdotes to know about the French tennis tournament

By Cécile D. Photos by Laura B. Posted on May 24, 2022 at 1:33 PM

Every summer for almost a century, Paris has become the world capital of tennis, with the Roland-Garros tournament. You may be following this competition enthusiastically, but do you know all about this event? Here is some information and anecdotes to show off in the evening.

What could be more iconic than the dirt tracks Roland Garros ? Those tennis court they have seen the races come and go, they have welcomed the older ones champion of this discipline. This international tournament takes place every year between the last week of May and the first week of June. 15 days of competition intense that fascinates sports fans.

You may be following this new edition diligently, hoping to see it The blues triumph, or support favorites of the competition. These intense weeks are as exciting as the small and big stories that have made Roland-Garros famous. How about enriching your knowledge of this world-famous competition?

The Roland-Garros tournament, also known asFrench internationalsOn Open of France in the English – speaking world, it was created in 1925. It has been held in Paris since 1928, at Roland Garros Stadiumlocated in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.

It is one of the four tournaments of the Grand Slam – also formed by the Australian Open, the Wimbledon tournament and the US Open. The French competition takes its name from theThe French aviator Roland Garros, died in air combat in 1918, during World War I. The pilot was a classmate of the HEC schoolEmile Lesieur, president of the French stadium. To pay tribute to his friend, Emile Lesieur named the newly built stadium in his honor during the inauguration in 1928.

In fact, the stadium was built between 1927 and 1928. It was created to host the final of the davis cup, largely dominated at the time by the French tennis team. They were called the four musketeers : Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste monopolized the podiums between 1926 and 1932. The Roland-Garros stadium was gradually expanded and modernized, and today has 17 courtswhich can accommodate up to 15,000 spectators on a single track.

The stadium is also home to the tennis museum. Created in 2003, this unusual museum houses approximately 14,000 objects collections and documents, which tell the story of the Roland-Garros stadium, but also that of this French sport. You will be able to admire the different costumes worn by athletes over the centuries, discover the evolution of snowshoes and sports equipment, and above all look at the different cuts awarded to tournament winners.

There are five and they are described in Roland Garros site :

  • He Musketeers Cup It has been awarded to the winner of the men’s individual since 1981 and pays tribute to the four musketeers of French tennis: Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet and René Lacoste. Silver basin decorated with a frieze of vine leaves on top, is adorned with two gooseneck handles. The trophy is mounted on a marble base with the names of the winners from the first edition.
  • He Suzanne Lenglen Cup awards the winner of the women’s individual since 1979 and is named after an iconic French champion. Suzanne Lenglen (1899-1938) won the Roland-Garros tournament six times. The modernity of her style, her elegance and her desire made her the inspiration of Les Mousquetaires. The trophy is, except for a few details, a replica of a cup that was then offered by the Nice City Council to Suzanne Lenglen, kept in the National Sports Museum.
  • He Jacques Brugnon Cup is awarded to the winners of the men’s doubles. Beautiful tribute to the musketeer Jacques Brugnon (1895-1978), a great specialist in this event in which he won five times. Created in 1989, this trophy has applications and its foot is decorated with repetitively declined embossed ornaments called gadrons.
  • He Simonne-Mathieu Cup is awarded to the winning female doubles duo. Created in 1990, this round trophy is embellished with two small swan-shaped handles and water-leaf moldings. A player from the 1930s, Simonne Mathieu (1908-1980) is a specialist in clay. She played in the Roland-Garros final eight times in singles, winning twice, in 1938 and 1939, and also won eight titles in women’s doubles and mixed doubles. In 1940, Simonne Mathieu joined General de Gaulle in London and ended the war with the rank of captain.
  • Since 1990, the Marcel Bernard Cup awards the winning team of the mixed doubles of the Internationaux de France. Oval in shape, the trophy includes turned and added moldings, a chiseled frieze and two handles. Its base is lined with two turned moldings. This trophy was made in honor of Marcel Bernard (1914-1994) whose greatest feat was his victory at Roland-Garros in 1946. He was then president of the FFT from 1968 to 1973.

In addition to these cuts, the most deserving participants receive a nice one first up to 2.2 million euros!

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Over the years, the winning athletes have been numerous, and the French they have nothing to be ashamed of about their careers. Before the Open era, which symbolizes the modern era of tennis, during which professional players can finally participate in Grand Slam tournaments, the French accumulated all the records : highest number of titles in singles or doubles, highest number of consecutive victories, longest match …

For several years, these rankings and podiums have been monopolized by an international trio of men: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic it looks unbeatable.

The last French players to win at Roland Garros are Yannick Noah in 1983, i Mary Pierce in the year 2000. Is there any surprise in 2022?

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