From TRAVEL French Tennis Championships
22 May - 11 June Roland Garros Stadium, Paris

One of the four grand slam tournaments in professional tennis, the French Open is played on clay. Hosted by one of the world's most beautiful cities, it is guaranteed to provide a fortnight of excitement for dedicated tennis fans.

The French tennis open championships date back to 1891, but did not become international until 1925. The tournament moved to its current home, Roland Garros (named after a pioneering aviator and French war hero) in 1928.

The current men's record holder is a resurgent Rafael Nadal, the three-time defending champion in the men's singles, and won the title to become the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times. Nadal joins other record title-holders at the French Open: Bjorn Borg in the 1970s and the legendary 1920s heroine Suzanne Lenglen.

Maria Sharapova was the defending champion in women's singles, but lost in the final to Serena Williams.

The clay courts at Roland Garros have claimed many professional scalps. Both Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors were frustrated in their attempts to gain a French Open title.

Tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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