It’s tennis season, and for many fans that means one thing: Roland Garros, also known as the French Open. Roland Garros is all about 126 years of tennis history in the making, with the story beginning as far back as 1891 when French Clay Court Championships were played for the very first time. Initially, the tournament was open for entries to French Nationals only, but this all changed in 1925 when the event was finally opened to players from overseas. From that point onwards, it became known as the French Open.
To this day, many players cite the French Open as being their all-time favourite on the annual tennis calendar. Of these, Rafael Nadal is most probably the most notable and famous. The Spanish-speaking player is ranked number 2 in the world currently, and has won the French Open singles tournament a record total of 10 times, as well as being one of only two men to have won all four majors in addition to having won Olympic gold. He’s one of the favourites this year again, and many tennis fans are putting money down on him, hoping that he’ll hoist the trophy for the 11th time! There are of course others in the running, and we may even see some surprises on court too.
Lets take a look at other top players and tournaments that make tennis the great game it is!
No discussion on famous tennis tournaments would be complete without making mention of Wimbledon. It all started way back in 1877, making it the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Ever since 1877 Wimbledon has been hosted by The All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, England, and the tournament is played annually during late June, and early July.
It’s interesting to note that of all four majors, Wimbledon is the only tournament still played exclusively on grass, in keeping with the tradition of lawn tennis. Grass is the surface that provides the fastest mode of playing tennis. The Australian Open and the US Open are both played on hard courts, and the French Open is played on clay.
It’s also interesting that two players have dominated the record pages in terms of the most victories won at Wimbledon, as well as the most consecutive titles won here. In the men’s division, the honour belongs to none other than world number 1, Roger Federer. Federer has won Wimbledon a total of 11 times, as well as holding the record for most consecutive titles won, at 7.
The situation in the women’s division is quite similar, with Martina Navratilova having won Wimbledon a total number of 12 times, as well as holding the record of having won 9 consecutive titles.
Apart from being the oldest major tennis tournament, Wimbledon is arguably the most loved one too.
The Australian Open is another firm favourite on the annual tennis calendar, and is another one of the Majors. The Australian Open is played at Melbourne Park during the Australian summer and takes place during January of each year. The first Australian Open was played in 1905, and the competition was also played on grass courts when it started out. This was the prevailing situation all the way up until 1987. In 1988, the tournament was played on hard courts for the very first time, and it has been ever since.
Famous players who have cited the Australian Open as one of their favourite tournaments include Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Serena and Roger are also the current Australian Open reigning champions in the women and men’s divisions, respectively.
Federer famously tells the story of how he and wife Mirka Federer met in Sydney at the Olympics in 2000, and how they shared their very first kiss on the last day of the games. Federer and Mirka married each other in 2009 and are blissfully happy still. It’s no wonder then that Federer chose Australia as his ultimate sweetheart as far as a tennis destination is concerned!
If any one tennis-related activity other than actually playing tennis is to be singled out, then surely it must be betting on the game. Getting started is easy, especially when you have a real passion for the game. If betting on the game of tennis is your idea of fun, be sure to try out all of the best sports betting action at leading Canadian online casinos and sportsbooks like Spin Palace and 888. Backing a winner is all the more fun when you are passionate about the players on the court, and about the court they are playing on!