Roland-Garros 2019 & the French Open Box

A Walk Through Montmartre , Paris, France 2019 (courtesy of  Marques Jackson )

A Walk Through Montmartre, Paris, France 2019 (courtesy of Marques Jackson)

After a spirited start to the 2019 Grand Slam season, which saw Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic take the Women’s and Men’s singles titles at the Australian Open, respectively, the sports world descends on the French capital for two weeks of thrilling tennis at Roland-Garros (the French Open).  We’re kicking off clay-court season with a few fun facts about Roland-Garros and the release of our exciting French Open Box!

Why is the French Open Called Roland-Garros?

All four tennis majors are reflective of their host cities. Roland-Garros encapsulates the City of Light’s sense of style. Unlike the Austrlian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, the French eschewed solely naming their premier tennis tournament after a geographic location. The tournament is named after Roland Garros, a WWI French aviator who pioneered air warfare and was the first person to fly across the Mediterranean.

In the late 1920s, a new tennis stadium was built outside of the Paris city center to host what is now known as the Davis Cup. Officials decided that the venue would be named in honor of a WWI hero. Roland Garros was chosen and Stade Roland Garros, completed 10 years after his death, bore his name. The tennis tournament adopted its host venue’s name and the rest is history.

Today, Stade Roland Garros has grown into a premier tennis complex with multiple stadiums and over 20 tennis courts. The annual Open tournament, officially named Les Internationaux de France de Roland-Garros (English translation: the French Internationals of Roland-Garros), is the only Grand Slam played on a clay court.

When Does the French Open Start?

The 2019 French Open officially starts Monday, May 26th and ends on Sunday, June 9th.

Tournament of Firsts

A perennial trendsetter, Roland-Garros has added a number of firsts to tennis history:

  • Althea Gibson became the first African American to win a ladies Grand Slam singles title in 1956.

  • Roland-Garros was the first Grand Slam to become an Open tournament in 1968.

  • In 1987 and 1989, Michael Chang and Monica Seles became the youngest male and female to win their respective singles titles.

  • In 2018, Raphael Nadal became the first male player of the Open era to win 11 Grand Slam singles titles at one major event.

The 2019 French Open Grand Slam Box

The 2019 French Open Grand Slam Box

Grand Slam Box Club French Open Box

Our expertly curated French Open Box features essential tennis gear and limited edition goodies from Babalot, the official supplier of Roland-Garros 2019. Along with tennis essentials, the French Open of the Grand Slam Box highlights the official Babalot 2019 French Open tennis balls, Babalot tennis towels and more!

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