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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 traditionally held in Paris from late May to early June, although the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has seen this year’s edition pushed back by four months – making it the last grand slam of the season.
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 2020 French Open runs from Sunday, September 27 and finishes with the men’s final on Sunday, October 11.
Men’s Singles: Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
Women’s Singles: Ashleigh Barty defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3