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2019 French Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns a shot during a French Open match. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The French Open is the second Grand Slam on the tennis calendar, and the only one to be played on a clay surface.

The event is held in Paris from late May to early June.

Officially known in French as ‘Les Internationaux de France de Roland-Garros’ or ‘Tournoi de Roland-Garros’, the Open is named after the great French aviator, Roland Garros.

Being the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay, a much slower surface than the grass or hard courts used at the other three Slams, means the five-set men’s singles matches (without a tiebreak in the fifth set), makes for the most physically demanding tennis on the calendar.

The 2019 French Open is set to begin on Sunday, May 26 and finish with the men’s final on Sunday, June 9.

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Men’s Singles: Rafael defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2
Women’s Singles: Simona Halep defeated Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

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