Anticipation has peaked, and after 121 years, I think it’s here to stay. The stakes are now €18.7 million. Tomorrow, the French Open tennis championship kicks off at the Roland-Garros stadium in Paris and officially runs from May 27 through June 10.
One of four Grand Slam tennis events, the French Championship began in 1891 and became an international event in 1925. When France needed to defend their Davis Cup win in 1927, the Roland-Garros Stadium was built near the Porte d’Auteuil on the condition that the stadium be named for a former tennis club member, World War I aviator and the first pilot to fly over the Mediterranean Sea.
On the men’s side, tennis greats Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will look to wrest the trophy from Rafael Nadal. In a bid to surpass Bjorn Borg’s six titles, Nadal is looking for a record 7th win on the infamous red clay courts in Paris. Maria Sharapova is favored to take home the women’s championship. Yannick Noah – now a noted singer and philanthropist – was the last French man to win the French Open in 1983.
Paris in May and early June. Exciting tennis match-ups. Low 70’s temperature. Doesn’t that sound like an inviting scenario?
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