After seven years, the French Open 2016 will see two new champions as Garbiñe Muguruza won the Women’s Singles beating Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic faces Andy Murray tonight in the Men’s Singles final to complete his career slam. In the first edition of Qweekly, we take a look at the previous legends of the majestic clay court –
- Rafael Nadal won his 9th French Open in 2014, and missed out on his attempt to a record 10th title this year due to injury. He holds the record for winning most French Open Men’s Singles Champions. Who holds the same record for women?
- Who would complete an exhaustive list of Andy Murray, Mark Edmondson and Andy Roddick?
- As he was studying in Paris during 1920s he religiously followed tennis and attended the matches. He later became the first person to cross the Mediterranean Sea by air and served in the French army during World War I. Who is this French aviator?
- Leander Paes completed his career Grand Slam in Doubles and Mixed Doubles after winning this year’s Mixed Doubles trophy with Martina Hingis. What other feat did the Indo-Swedish duo achieve?
- Coming from two sets down in the final against Manuel Orantes, who did the impossible task of claiming the next three sets 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 to win his maiden French Open in 1974?
- The French Open trophies for different categories are named after the French Tennis players. The women’s singles trophy was named after Suzanne Lenglen, Men’s Doubles after Jacques Brugnon, Women’s Doubles after Simone Mathieu and Mixed Doubles after Marcel Bernard. Whom is the Men’s Singles trophy named after?
- He was the president of the French Tennis Federation for 20 years, and president of the International Tennis Federation for 14 years, though as a player, his maximum success in a Grand Slam was making it to the 3rd round of Wimbledon in 1950. How is he commemorated in the history of the tournament?
- Which Australian won her only French Open without losing a set for the first time in Open Era?
- Currently the coach of Kei Nishikori, which American famously defeated Ivan Lendl and Stefan Edberg in two epic five-set encounters in his road to win the French Open at the age of 17 years and 4 months?
- Except tennis, French Open is also the name of a tournament in two different sports, in one of which India has a bronze medal in 2012 Olympics. The variation of the other sport has a connection to the highest first class cricket score ever made by a batsman. Name the sports.
- Chris Evert. She won 7 French Open titles in the Open Era. Suzanne Lenglen has 6 in the amateur era.
- Yannick Noah. He was the last Frenchman to win French Open Singles titles. Andy Murray was the last British to win Wimbledon, Roddick the last American to win US Open and Mark Edmondson was the last Australian to win Australian Open.
- Roland Garros, after whom the French Open was named.
- Paes and Hingis became the second duo to complete Mixed Doubles Career Slam. The first was Margaret Court and Marty Riessen.
- Björn Borg. He is a six times French Open champion and won 5 consecutive Wimbledon.
- The Four Musketeers. The Men’s Singles trophy at Roland Garros is called “The Musketeers’ Cup”. The Four Musketeers were a group of four famous French Tennis players who dominated the game in the last 1920s and early 1930s. They have a total of 43 Grand Slam titles among them including singles and doubles and led France to six straight Davis Cup wins. Incidentally, Jacques Brugnon, after whom the Men’s Doubles trophy is named, was one of them.
- Philippe Chartier. The centre court at Roland Garros is named after him.
- Evonne Goolagong Cawley. She did it in 1971 at the age of 19. The feat was repeated by Billie Jean King in 1972, Chris Evert in 1974, Steffi Graf in 1988, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in 1994 and Justin Henin in 2006 and 2007.
- Michael Chang. He is the youngest ever winner of a Grand Slam. The youngest female winner of French Open is Monica Seles at the age of 16 years and 189 days, whereas they youngest female Grand Slam winner is Martina Hingis at 16 years and 117 days.
- Badminton (Saina Nehwal won a bronze in 2012) and Darts (Darts 501 being a variation).