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.
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.
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.
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.
The age at which Suzanne Lenglen became world tennis champion.
The shortest final ever played at Roland Garros between Steffi Graf and Natasha Zvereva, won by the German 6-0, 6-0.
The number of television viewers in China who tuned in to watch Lia Na win in 2011.
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).
The number of matches played throughout the two weeks.
The number of international journalists who cover the event.
The average number of bananas consumed by players during the tournament.
The number that can be accommodated on Suzanne Lenglen Court.
The capacity of Philippe Chatrier Court.
The number used from first round to finals in all events.
The average attendance since 2010.