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Rafael Nadal Emerges as Flag Bearer for Sportsmanship as He Puts Rituals on the Back Seat for ATP Rival

Rafael Nadal's top-notch sportsmanship act comes to light as he puts rituals on the back seat to show respect to his familiar rival.

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Form Tennis Titan Ons Jabeur sheds light on an interesting chapter of her life that filled her with confidence and motivation for her career.

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2019 US Open – Day 10

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January 02, 2024

ATP Masters 1000 – Shanghai Masters

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Iga Swiatek is excited to see the former number one, Naomi Osaka making a comeback to competitive tennis after a long gap

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January 01, 2024

Rogers Cup Toronto – Day 6

‘Hard To Even Put Into Words What They Have Done’- British ATP Prodigy Tips His Hat To Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, And Novak Djokovic In The Best Way Possible

The 22-year-old British tennis sensation has recently showcased his respect for Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

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January 01, 2024

ATP Heritage Celebration – Inside

Despite Rafael Nadal’s Lengthy Absence, Tennis Bigwig Favors The Former To Win At Roland Garros Based On One Factor

Spanish former tennis player is optimistic of Rafael Nadal being a favorite to win a record-breaking 15th French Open, but he has a condition

Sayantan Roy

December 29, 2023

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Gael Monfils Addresses The ‘Stress’ In Playing Tennis After Marriage With Elina Svitolina – ‘We Always Want..’

Gael Monfils assesses how maintaining a work-life balance along with Elina Svitolina is proving to be a double-edged sword

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December 29, 2023

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‘I Am Who I Am’- Novak Djokovic Drops His Thoughtful Take On the Tennis Goat Debate

The 36-year-old Serbian superstar, Novak Djokovic Drops His Take on the GOAT Debate with a Thoughtful 'Answer'

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December 29, 2023

Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3

‘Sat There Watching Roger Federer’s Practice’- Rafael Nadal’s ‘Incredible Mentality’ For Catching Up To His Famed Rival Candidly Recalled

The 49YO American former tennis player recalls the moment when Rafael Nadal pulled up a chair to watch Roger Federer play on grass

Sayantan Roy

December 27, 2023

Laver Cup 2022 – Day One

Serena Williams Might Speak Fluent French But She Once Rated This As The ‘Most Beautiful’ Language In The World

The American tennis legend, Serena Williams, is proficient in French but she picks the other language as the most beautiful language in world

Sayantan Roy

December 26, 2023

TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 – Day 2

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December 26, 2023

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Rafael Nadal faces a snub amid his comeback anticipation as Tim Henman predicts Djokovic, Alcaraz, and Sinner as 2024's majors.

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December 25, 2023

Australian Open

Despite Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam Glory, Rival Rafael Nadal’s Monstrous Feat Remains Far From the Serb’s Reach

Despite a remarkable run to break all major records, Novak Djokovic still stays behind one of Rafa's feat at the Roland Garros.

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December 23, 2023

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

‘King Of Clay’ Rafael Nadal Falls Behind Chris Evert In The Ultimate Battle For Greatness On Beloved Surface

The American tennis legend, Chris Evert trumps 'the 'King of Clay' - Rafael Nadal in the ultimate battle for the clay GOAT

Sayantan Roy

December 22, 2023

Rafael Nadal Bites The Dust As Novak Djokovic And Roger Federer’s Grand Slam Feats Leave Him In Their Wake

Rafael Nadal has failed to grab a historic feat which rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have achieved thrice each

Sayantan Roy

December 20, 2023

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French Open: Latest News, Results and Records

The second Grand Slam tournament in the sport of tennis, the French Open, also known as Roland-Garros, takes place during the last week of May and the first week of June at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. It was founded in 1891 and has been played consistently except during the times of World War I and World War II. The tournament is played on clay and consists of the regular seven rounds as each major. French Open 2022 was the 126th edition of the tournament and was played on the renovated Court Philippe Chatrier.

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The surface is slow, and it is the only Grand Slam where the final set is retained to be an advantage set i.e., played without a tiebreaker. It is the most prominent court clay tournament of tennis, and the game on his surface is regarded as the most physically exhaustive forms of tennis.

The men?s trophy, Coupe des Mousquetaires, refers to 'The Four Musketeers' of French tennis, Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon, Henri Cochet, and Ren? Lacoste. And the women?s trophy, Coupe Suzanne Lenglen is named after the French tennis player, Suzanne Rachel Flore Lenglen.

French Open points distribution

The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is one of the events that offers significant prize money to the players. Apart from the lucrative prize money, the points awarded to the players who make it to latter stages also become a highly attractive prospect for both veterans and up-and-coming players.

The winner of the WTA and ATP versions is awarded 2000 points. The ATP runner-up is awarded 1200, and the WTA runner-up is given 1300. The points are reduced for each player who is eliminated in rounds prior to the final. Semifinalists in ATP get 720, and WTA get 780.??

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French Open prize money

Since it is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the sport, the Roland Garros offers some of the highest prize money to its winners. The prize pool last year was $36.9 million, according to ESPN. But this year saw a prominent increment of 12.3% which finalized it at $54.6 million,. As per the officials, the prize pool was increased to ensure equal distribution.

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The champion of the ATP and the WTA singles division will take home a whopping $2.51 million. Runner-ups will take home $1.53 million each, almost twice that of last year. This is officially the highest prize money the French Open has ever seen.

2022 French Open champions

The 2022 French Open finals became one of the most iconic events of the year. The ATP finals saw Rafael Nadal facing Casper Ruud and emerging triumphant in three sets. Viewers were amazed as the Spaniard won the match with a score of 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. This dominant win helped Nadal lift his 14th French Open title, breaking his own record and creating history once again.

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Before the women's final, Gauff was touted to be a future champion. But Iga Swiatek had other ideas as she cantered to a victory in the final against the American teenage sensation. Their match ended with a score of 6-1, 6-3 and helped her maintain her place at the top of the WTA rankings. However, Gauff benefitted from the final, too, as it added enough points for her to jump to number 4 by October 2022.

Most titles won by a player at the Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal holds the record number of titles at the French Open, including the time before the Open Era. Out of the 18 French Opens he has played, the Spaniard has won it 14 times. Along with the astounding trophy haul, Nadal also holds a record of an incredible 112 wins in Roland Garros, becoming the only player to have such an overwhelming win record in one Major.?

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Although Nadal has a tendency to prevail on clay, his opponents do not go down without a fight. Some of his most memorable matches on clay have come against Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and John Isner. Against Djokovic, Rafa looked at his best in 2014 and 2013. Their 2014 bout went up to five sets, and the final set saw one of his most intense performances, which saw 16 games being played. The 2013 match was the final and had Djoker as the favorite in the first set. But Nadal found his rhythm in the second set and won the tournament.

Nadal won against Federer in 2006 in four sets of 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6. Federer's astounding win in the first set, along with his fiery demeanor in the fourth set, made people believe that Nadal's streak would end. However, the Spaniard gave a glimpse of his prowess in the red dirt of Paris.

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All of his records at the clay major rightfully earned him the nickname 'The King of Clay'. But news of him competing in the tournament this year remains doubtful. So far, he has missed the entire clay season due to an injury. This would be a first as Nadal has never missed any French Opens in his career. His participation in the 2023 French Open is doubtful, and it looks like his appearance record might finally come to an end this year.?

French Open Winners List (ATP) over the past 18 years

Rafael Nadal2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022
Roger Federer2009
Stan Wawrinka2015
Novak Djokovic2016, 2021


French Open Winners List (WTA) Over The Past 18 Years

Justine Henin-Hardenne2005, 2006, 2007? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ??
Ana Ivanovic2008
Svetlana Kuznetsova2009
Francesca Schiavone2010
Li Na2011
Maria Sharapova2012, 2014
Serena Williams2013, 2015
Garbine Muguruza2016
Je?ena Ostapenko2017
Simona Halep2018
Ashleigh Barty2019
Iga Swiatek2020, 2022
Barbora Krej??kov?2021