All time Tennis Grand Slam winners
The French Open 2015 is all set to commence from June 24, Sunday and concludes two weeks later on June 7. Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal will be looking to defend his title for the fifth time in a row. However, the world number 7 comes into this grand slam event without much success, perhaps for the first time in his glittering career. The 28-year-old is seeded out of the top three for the first time in his career as he is seeded sixth following a quarterfinal exit at Rome Masters 2015. This is good news for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who take the top two seedings followed by Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori.
Federer, the 17-time grand slam champion, is the only player to lift the title at Stade Roland Garros excluding Nadal in the last 10 years. Here’s all you need to know about the 115th edition of Tennis’ second grand slam event of the calendar year that will be played at the Stade Roland Garros.
1 – The French Open has seen only one different winner in the last 10 years in Roger Federer as Rafael Nadal has established himself as the king of clay. The other two candidates from the big four – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are still hunting for their maiden title.
5 – Roger Federer is a five-time finalist but has won it only once in 2009. The Swiss Maestro was successful as Nadal was eliminated in the fourth round to Robin Soderling.
10 – The French Open has seen 10 different champions in the Open Era with Nadal and Bjorn Borg the most successful players with nine and six titles respectively.
43 – Players from 43 different countries are part of the main draw.
While the Men’s Singles section has seen consistency in the last 10 years, the women’s arena has not seen a similar domination.
1 – Only one player has defended her title in the last 10 years. Belgian Justine Henin was the champion from 2005 to 2007 but retired in May 2008.
2 –Defending champion Maria Sharapova is the only player to win it twice with success in 2012 and 2014. Another two-time champion Serena Williams is the favourite to win the title this year if only the elbow injury does not prevent her 20th grand slam title. Only two former winners feature in the 115th edition.
7 – Number of different champions including Justine Henin. USA’s Chris Evert is the only female player to lift the trophy seven times and looks likely to retain her record for a long time unless Sharapova or Serena claim the trophy six times more before retiring.