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Here are some facts you may want to know about the Open

india Updated: May 26, 2007 16:49 IST
Roland Garros

- The French Open is officially known as Roland Garros.

- Roland Garros is named after its stadium, which is in turn named after the World War I French pilot.

- The aviator, Roland Garros is known as the world's first fighter ace, the first real fighter pilot.

- The French Open began as a national tournament in 1891. In 1925, the tournament opened itself to international competitors with the event held on a grass surface.

- Red clay was installed when the new stadium was built.

- As of 2006, the last six French Open men's singles championships were won by men who did not win any other Grand Slam tournament.

- In 1968, the French Championships became the first Grand Slam tournament to go "open", allowing both amateurs and professionals to compete.

- Bjorn Borg has the most singles titles at the French, with 6. Chris Evert holds the record for the women, with 7.

- Michael Chang is the youngest singles champion. He was 17 years 3 months in 1989 when he beat Stefan Edberg 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The youngest women was Christine Truman at age 18 139 days.

(Source: Tennis-Warehouse)

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