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French Open 2024 – Review, Last Year Champions, Main Favourites, and Facts

As you probably know, the French Open or Roland Garros is the second Grand Slam tournament on the tennis radar. It is an annual competition which commences at the end of May and terminates at the beginning of June. It is one of the loveliest competitions for the tennis players but also for the fans. Everyone always thrives to go and visit the beautiful country of France. You will not hear anyone say French Open in France because every fanatic o of the sport calls it the Roland Garros tournament. The Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam contest where players play games on red clay.

One of the most prestigious titles in tennis history started in 1891. However, back in the day, the fans called it the Championnat de France –the French Championship. Nevertheless, at the starting moments of the competition, only French club members could demonstrate their tennis skills. The first women’s singles tournament transpired in 1897. Experts state that the birthday of the French Open is not 1891 but 1925. It was the year when foreign masters were allowed to participate in the contest.

French Open 2023 – Last Year Review

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will try to defend his title as he won last year’s tournament. In the decisive battle, he beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 7:6 (1), 6:3, 7:5. It was N. Djokovic’s third victory in Roland Garros and 23rd Grand Slam title.

In the women’s competition, Iga Swiatek from Poland defended her crown and, in a challenging three-set game, 6:2, 5:7, 6:4, defeated Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic. She triumphed for the third time in the Roland Garros contest and won three last French Open titles out of possible four.

French Open 2023 – Other Champions

The entire list of champions from the last French Open 2023 tournament.

Men’s doubles Ivan Dodig / Austin Krajicek
Women’s doubles Hsieh Su-wei / Wang Xinyu
Mixed doubles Miyu Kato / Tim Putz
Wheelchair men’s singles Tokito Oda
Wheelchair women’s singles Diede de Groot
Wheelchair quad singles Niels Vink
Wheelchair men’s doubles Alfie Hewett / Gordon Reid
Wheelchair women’s doubles Yui Kamiji / Kgothatso Montjane
Wheelchair quad doubles Andy Lapthorne / Donald Ramphadi
Boys’ singles Dino Prizmic
Girls’ singles Alina Korneeva
Boys’ doubles Yaroslav Demin / Rodrigo Pacheco Méndez
Girls’ doubles Tyra Caterina Grant / Clervie Ngounoue

French Open – Champions of the 21st Century

Since we’ve wrapped the topic of the French Open 2023 titles, let’s review the list of winners in the XXI century – both men’s and women’s.

French Open – Men’s Category

Year Winner Runner-up Score
2023 Novak Djokovic (SRB) Casper Ruud (NOR) 7-6(1), 6-3, 7-5
2022 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Casper Ruud (NOR) 6-3, 6-3, 6-0
2021 Novak Djokovic (SRB) Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
2020 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6-0, 6-2, 7-5
2019 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
2018 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
2017 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-2, 6-3, 6-1
2016 Novak Djokovic (SRB) Andy Murray (GBR) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
2015 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
2014 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4
2013 Rafael Nadal (ESP) David Ferrer (ESP) 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
2012 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
2011 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Roger Federer (SUI) 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1
2010 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Robin Soderling (SWE) 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
2009 Roger Federer (SUI) Robin Soderling (SWE) 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4
2008 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Roger Federer (SUI) 6-1, 6-3, 6-0
2007 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Roger Federer (SUI) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2006 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Roger Federer (SUI) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6(4)
2005 Rafael Nadal (ESP) Mariano Puerta (ARG) 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-1, 7-5
2004 Gaston Gaudio (ARG) Guillermo Coria (ARG) 0-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) Martin Verkerk (NED) 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
2002 Albert Costa (ESP) Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 6-1, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
2001 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) Alex Corretja (ESP) 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2, 6-0
2000 Gustavo Kuerten (BRA) Magnus Norman (SWE) 6-2, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6)

French Open – Women’s Category

Year Winner Runner-up Score
2023 Iga Swiatek (POL) Karolina Muchova (CZE) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
2022 Iga Swiatek (POL) Coco Gauff (USA) 6-1, 6-3
2021 Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
2020 Iga Swiatek (POL) Sofia Kenin (USA) 6-4, 6-1
2019 Ashleigh Barty (AUS) Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 6-1, 6-3
2018 Simona Halep (ROU) Sloane Stephens (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
2017 Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) Simona Halep (ROU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2016 Garbine Muguruza (SPA) Serena Williams (USA) 7-5, 6-4
2015 Serena Williams (USA) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2
2014 Maria Sharapova (RUS) Simona Halep (ROM) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4
2013 Serena Williams (USA) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-4, 6-4
2012 Maria Sharapova (RUS) Sara Errani (ITA) 6-3, 6-2
2011 Li Na (CHN) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-4, 7-6(0)
2010 Francesca Schiavone (ITA) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-4, 7-6(2)
2009 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) Dinara Safina (RUS) 6-4, 6-2
2008 Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Dinara Safina (RUS) 6-4, 6-3
2007 Justine Henin (BEL) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-2
2006 Justine Henin (BEL) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-4, 6-4
2005 Justine Henin (BEL) Mary Pierce (FRA) 6-1, 6-1
2004 Anastasia Myskina (RUS) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 6-1, 6-2
2003 Justine Henin (BEL) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6-0, 6-4
2002 Serena Williams (USA) Venus Williams (USA) 7-5, 6-3
2001 Jennifer Capriati (USA) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 1-6, 6-4, 12-10
2000 Mary Pierce (FRA) Conchita Martinez (ESP) 6-2, 7-5

French Open 2024 – Prize Money

The French Open 2024 financial budget will be similar to last year’s data. The winners of last year’s singles competitions received 2.3 million euros and 2.2 million in 2022. The tennis players who got eliminated in the commencing stages of Roland Garros received 69,000 euros. Regardless, the prize pool for various French Open tournaments has also seen significant growth – both the qualifying round and the handicap championship.

French Open 2024 – Champions Cup Titles

The most extravagant part of the competition is when the player lifts the champion’s trophy. However, what are the names of these legendary trophies?

• The masculine French Open tournament champion gets the Musketeer’s Cup (Coupe des Mousquetaires).
• The champion of the feminine Roland Garros contest receives the Suzanne Lenglen Cup (Coupe Suzanne Lenglen). However, this cup has commenced its distribution in only 1979.

Yet, the famous Parisian jewellery house Mellelio dits Meller produces these extraordinary trophies of pure silver.

French Open 2024 – Main Contenders

As expected, the TOP 10 tennis players are often the favourites in this kind of tournament. In the men’s category, the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz is the favourite, while in the women’s class, Iga Swiatek still holds the top position. Swiatek is the winner of the last two Rolland Garros contests, so it is not abnormal that she is ranked as the main favourite this year. Many specialists call her the best red clay tennis player on the planet.

C. Alcaraz gets better with each day because not only did he win the Indian Wells tournament, but he is also on a good winning streak. N. Djokovic is always the favourite to win a tennis tournament, but our eyes should also pay attention towards Italian superstar Jannik Sinner. The Italian prodigy plays at such a high level that sometimes he is called the best tennis player. He played in the final game of the ATP Finals and won his first Grand Slam tournament in Australia.

French Open 2024 – Men’s Contenders List

These are the players with the best odds to win the masculine French Open 2024 title.

• Carlos Alcaraz – 2.44 – 1 month ago 2.55
• Novak Djokovic – 3.30 – 1 month ago 3.20
• Rafael Nadal – 5.00 – 1 month ago 5.00
• Jannik Sinner – 5.40 – 1 month ago 5.40
• Holger Rune – 9.60 – 1 month ago 9.40
• Daniil Medvedev – 14.00 – 1 month ago 14.00

French Open 2024 – Women’s Contenders List

These are the players with the best odds to win the feminine French Open 2024 title.

• Iga Swiatek – 2.07 – 1 month ago 2.09
• Aryna Sabalenka – 5.20 – 1 month ago 5.00
• Cori “Coco” Gauff – 9.00 – 1 month ago 8.80
• Elena Rybakina – 12.00 – 1 month ago 12.00
• Mirra Andreeva – 15.00 – 1 month ago 15.00
• Karolina Muchova – 20.00 – 1 month ago 20.00

French Open 2024 – Rafael Nadal and Record Books

The most essential question is whether we will see the red clay king Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has been plagued by injuries lately and cannot reach the highest level of play and avoid health concerns. Many believe he will be participating in what can be his final run in the Roland Garros competition. If we see him compete – he will be one of the candidates to win again.

We remind you that R. Nadal is an undisputed French Open champion because he raised the cup fourteen times. Also, it is the highest number of titles won in one Grand Slam tournament. Mentioning the women’s side, the legendary American tennis superstar Chris Evert leads the women’s Roland Garros category with seven titles – the most in the history of the feminine French Open. Next to her, we have two other legends in line:

• Suzanne Lenglen – six titles
• Steffi Graf – six titles

French Open – Facts

The French Open 2024 tennis competition is not far away. So, let us glance at some facts about the Roland Garros tennis championship.

Fact No. 1

R. Garros was the first individual to fly across the Mediterranean Sea. He also contributed to the engineering side of the spectrum. The Frenchman developed the first forward-mounted machine gun that blasted through the propeller.

Fact No. 2

The French Open tennis court is the most diminutive of all Grand Slam contests. All other tennis arenas are almost twice as large.

Fact No. 3

The most privileged ones have the chance to play on red clay, but frankly, it is not clay. The courts are made of limestone and red brick dust powder. That is why it has a typical red colour, but the densest material of the court is clay.

Fact No. 4

Since its establishment, the French Open tournament has been an annual tennis event. However, the procedure ceased between 1939 and 1945, and the cause is apparent – the WW2. The weird part is that tennis players still took part in the tournament. Still, it was unofficial, and only French tennis masters could participate.

Fact No. 5

During its existence, only five unseeded challengers went all the way in the Roland Garros tournament:

• Marcel Bernard – 1946
• Mats Wilander – 1982
• Gustavo Kuerten – 1997
• Gastón Gaudio – 2004
• Margaret Scriven – 1937

Fact No. 6

Although the competition is held in France, only two tennis players from this country have won this tournament. Since the beginning of the Open in 1967, these are the only French winners:

• Yannick Noah – 1983
• Mary Pierce – 2000

Fact No. 7

The biggest shock occurred in 1989 when two players who were not even 18 years old won the Roland Garros crown. That is the only such case in the Grand Slam tournament. Those two tennis players are:

• Michael Chang – 1989
• Arantxa Sánchez Vicario – 1989

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