Currently, the French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament is being played on clay courts at Roland Garros in Paris. The 2023 French Open is the 127th tournament and the 93rd Grand Slam tournament to reach the semifinals. This time, 8 players from India participated in the French Open. In which Ankita Raina, Rohan Bopanna, Yuki Bhambri, Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezian, N. including Sriram Balaji, Yuva Nandal and Aryan Shah. Here we will know where the French Open started and what is the history of this tournament.
What is the French Open?
The French Open is held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris. This annual tournament is organized by the French Tennis Federation. It is a premier clay court championship and the only Grand Slam tournament currently held on clay courts. The French Open is one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.
History of the French Open
The French Open started in 1891. But it was a day. Until 1928 there was no fixed place for its occurrence. The French Open was also named after Roland Garros, a French aviator in World War I. In those days only French players were allowed to play in the tournament. The French Open as we see it today began in 1925 and has since expanded to include international players. In 1928, the venue of the French Open was also decided at Roland-Garros.
Which players dominate?
Rafael Nadal is the current men’s French Open champion. In 2022, he won the tournament by defeating Casper Rudd in the final of the French Open. It was Nadal’s 14th French Open title, a record for any player at a Grand Slam tournament. Among women, the reigning French Open champion is Inga Switek. Chris Evert is the player with the most French Open wins among women, having won a total of 7 French Open titles. Tennis legend Roger Federer has also won the French Open title once and Novak Djokovic has also won the French Open title once.
What is the prize amount?
The total prize money of the French Open 2023 is around Rs. 438.3 crore, which is 12.3% higher than in 2022. The prize money for men’s and women’s singles champions is Rs. 17.7 crore, while the runners-up got Rs. 8.85 crore will be received. While semi-finalists will get Rs. 4.85 crores, quarter-finalists Rs. 3.08 crore, round 4 entrants Rs.1.84 crore, round 3 entrants Rs. 1 crore, Round 2 entrants will get Rs. 74 lakhs and those playing in Round 1 will get Rs. 53.1 lakh will be given.