The French Open is known for being the only Grand Slam played on a clay court. On a clay court the ball bounces much slower and higher than on hard or grass courts. This makes it more difficult to win the point and rallies (the number of shots in a point) usually last longer. Players that excel on clay courts are called clay-court specialists.
The tournament is played for two weeks. It starts in late May and finishes in early June.
Records[change | change source]
- Men - Rafael Nadal has won 9 times: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
- Women - Chris Evert won 7 times: 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1986.