French Open Records
There are a handful of stars that consistently lift the bar of international tennis, setting new records and breaking existing ones, and these players are without a doubt the true champions of Roland Garros.
We look at some of these great players and their awesome on-court achievements but we have concentrated on the game since the beginning of the open era of tennis in 1968.
Navratilova Triumphs on Clay
Martina Navratilova captured the imagination of fans throughout the world with her aggressive intent, and the unprecedented stamina that led to a professional career that spanned over thirty years.
Navratilova holds a glittering array of French Open records, but what makes her achievements so much more commendable is the fact that clay was her least preferred surface. In fact, when her arch-rival, Chris Evert, was dominating the clay court season in both Europe and the States, Navratilova opted not to compete on clay! She did, however, manage to beat Evert, who was widely touted as the best player of clay, three times on the surface – once at the French Open.
Evert is still by far the most successful women’s singles player at the French, having claimed seven crowns in her dazzling career. However, she never managed to take more than two titles in a row, so Monica Seles and Justine Henin have that feather in their cap with three consecutive French Open titles apiece!
Martina’s Track Record at the French
- She holds the record for the most French Open titles with 11 (2 singles, 7 doubles and 2 mixed doubles)
- She, together with Puerto Rico’s Gigi Fernandez, holds the record for the most consecutive women’s doubles wins with five
- She is the winner of the most doubles titles with 7
Then there is the man who set the tennis world aflame with his calm, measured stroke play and his dead-pan demeanour on-court, Sweden’s Bjorn Borg. Borg is one of the few clay court specialists who has gone on to win consistently on the grass of Wimbledon, a feat that has recently been emulated by Rafael Nadal.
Borg is still two titles in the black compared to Raffa’s Roland Garros record, having claimed a grand total of half a dozen titles at the French Open. He not only holds the record for the most singles wins, with six singles titles, but also shares Rafael Nadal’s record of four consecutive French Open title wins.
- Monica Seles at 16 years and 6 months is the youngest winner of the women’s singles title, whereas American, Michael Chang, at 17 years and 3 months was the youngest man to capture the title.
- Only three unseeded players since 1968 have caused a major upset by winning the title and they are Mats Wilander in 1982, Gustavo Kuerten in 1997 and Gaston Gaudio in 2004!