French Open Tennis Grand Slam – Roland Garros: By the numbers

Amandine Noel / icon Sport

The French Open tennis has returned. Let’s have a look at the numbers to see why this tournament is one of the four Grand Slam events in the calendar year.

1 Adriano Panatta:

The only champion who managed to beat Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros and he managed it twice in 1973 and 1976.

1-2 millimetres:

The depth of red-brick dust that gives a clay court its distinctive surface.

3 kilogram jars:

The size of the jars of Nutella at Roland Garros’ crepe stalls.

4 Mousquetaires:

Rene Lacoste, Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet, after whom the men’s singles trophy is named.

5 great champions:

Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Martina Hingis and Jimmy Connors were all great tennis champions, but none of them managed to win at Roland Garros.

6 centimetres:

The width of the white lines painted on the clay courts.

7 French Open titles:

The record number of women’s singles titles won by Chris Evert in 9 final appearances between 1973 and 1986.

9 French Open titles:

The record number of men’s singles titles won by Rafael Nadal.

15 years:

The age at which Suzanne Lenglen became world tennis champion.

32 minutes:

The shortest final ever played at Roland Garros between Steffi Graf and Natasha Zvereva, won by the German 6-0, 6-0.

116 million:

The number of television viewers in China who tuned in to watch Lia Na win in 2011.

341 minutes:

The longest uninterrupted match played at Roland Garros, won by Paul-Henri Mathieu against John Isner in 2012 (6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16).

640 matches:

The number of matches played throughout the two weeks.

1,300 journalists:

The number of international journalists who cover the event.

5,465 bananas:

The average number of bananas consumed by players during the tournament.

10,000 spectators:

The number that can be accommodated on Suzanne Lenglen Court.

15,000 seats:

The capacity of Philippe Chatrier Court.

65,000 balls:

The number used from first round to finals in all events.

428,000 visitors:

The average attendance since 2010.

Words by @dominictrant