Get ready, because the French Open starts on May 22 and we’re buzzing with excitement! The epic tennis tournament, which will take place at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, is one of sports’ more intriguing events, and HollywoodLife.com has everything you need to know about the second leg of the four tennis Grand Slams!
It’s finally here! The French Open is upon us. What makes this event so special? Well, among other things, it’s the only Grand Slam event that’s held on clay. It’s also the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments. This event occurs for an intense two weeks, and this year, May 22 marks the start of the games. In other words, it’s a pretty big deal. Gather around because we’ve broken down everything you need to know!
1. What is the importance of the clay court?
Playing on clay makes it one of the most physically demanding courts in the world. So if you’re playing in the French Open, not only do you have to be good at your sport, but you have to be in impeccable shape. So that basically explains why Serena Williams, 34, always looks so damn amazing.
2. Who are the favorites to win?
If you know anything about tennis, than you know that Roger Federer, 34, is the king of the court. We know Rafael Nadal, 29, is the all-time leader in French Open tournament victories, but Roger is the OG of tennis. Sadly, Roger has had to give up his throne this year because of a back injury and won’t be playing. This is his first time not being in a French Open since 1999! Alas, he needs to rest so he can hopefully be back to tip-top shape.
3. Why is the stadium called the Roland Garros?
Obviously, the stadium is named after a person, but it may shock you because it’s not named after a tennis player. Roland Garros was a French pilot who flew during the First World War, so basically he was a boss. The French know how to call em’!
4. Why is this a huge event for Serena Williams?
If Roger Federer is the king, then Serena is the queen. This queen will reign hell down on anyone who tries to come between her and a championship, let’s just be real. Serena is currently trying to beat Steffi Graf’s, 46, record for most career Grand Slams. The record currently stands at 22. She can do this!
5. Who is Madison Keys?
Madison Keys, 21, is America’s next great hope after Serena is done playing. Don’t freak out, Serena is still in this thing, but eventually when she decides to finish out, we will still have Madison. So there is hope yet for America to continue being victorious in the sport of tennis. Thank you for that, Madison.
HollywoodLifers, will you be tuning in to catch the game? What do you think will be the best part? Tell us your thoughts below!