The French Open at Roland Garros
Can Rafael Nadal win his eleventh French Open title? One of the four biggest and most famous tennis championships in the world is taking place once more, and with StubHub now offering Roland Garros 2018 tickets, there's really no excuse for missing out on this epic tournament! With the tournament taking place at the end of May, don't miss out and make sure you buy and sell your Roland Garros tickets now!
Roland Garros History
Founded in 1891 as the French Championships, Roland Garros is now one of the most pivotal and iconic competitions in the world, so make sure you buy your French Open tickets! It is the most important clay court event in the world and the second Grand Slam of the calendar year, taking place after the Australian Open and just before Wimbledon.
One of the key tournaments that comprise the ever legendary Grand Slam events, the French Open as we know it really came into being during the ‘20s when they opened up the competition internationally. The tournament changed its name to Roland Garros in honour of World War I pilot Roland Garros who helped to develop the interrupter gear and also escaped a German POW camp and was known to frequent the legendary tennis centre throughout his years in Paris.
Rafael Nadal is the most successful male player in French Open history with an unprecedented 10 singles titles, while American legend Chris Evert is the most successful female player with seven titles to her name.
The French Open Surface and Difficulty
While we use the term “clay” loosely in defining Roland Garros’ surface, the actual surface undergoes a rigorous process in achieving the surface we call clay. With a slab of concrete as the foundation, a 3-foot layer of sand sits underneath 6 inches of volcanic rock, that in turn sits underneath a white limestone, which is then covered with a few millimetres of powdered red brick dust. To avoid slipping, the crushed brick is pressed onto the limestone with rollers and repeated several times before every match. Considering the work that goes into every match, the least you can do is attend and buy your Roland Garros tickets!
Because clay courts are the slowest-playing surface in tennis, games tend to last much longer. Add to this the fact that at Roland-Garros it is a best-of-five-set tournament (for men) and there are seven rounds in total, the French Open is known as the most physically-demanding tennis tournament in world tennis.