Grand Slam Season is Open: Roland Garros
Updated: Jun 7, 2019
Wheelchair Tennis I The Tennis Grand Slams, four tournaments from Paris to New York and from Melbourne to London, featuring the sport's top talents in the World's best stadia. With the Paralympic Games just around the corner we have the chance to see the best of the best that Wheelchair Tennis has to offer, a Parasport which has led the way in being fully integrated into the mainstream Tennis tournament. From the 26th of May to the ninth of June the French capital will kick things off and give us our first glimpse of a mouthwatering summer of Tennis ahead.
What is Roland Garros?
The French Open, also Known as Roland Garros, is the first out of four grand slams in a season and thus one of the most prestigious events on the (wheelchair) tennis calendar. As only grand slam the French open is being played on a gravel surface.
How was Wheelchair Tennis included?
After the 2000 Paralympic games in Sydney the sport attracted many people and it gained popularity. This popularity resulted in the inclusion of wheelchair tennis in the Australian open, one of the grand slams. Wheelchair tennis grew further as a Parasport and has been included in the US Open since 2005. Since 2006 the doubles event was added to Wimbledon, two years later Roland Garros was added to the calendar.
The wheelchair competition is held during the able bodied competition, which results in a bigger audience during the wheelchair tennis games. Wimbledon introduced wheelchair singles only in 2016, since the grass surface was considered to be too heavy for the players.
Which Athletes should you watch out for?
Alfie, Hewett, Great Britain
The winner of the French Open 2017 is not the first ranked player in the world, but he might be by the end of the season. Considering his age of 21, the Brit potentially isn’t even near his best yet. Besides that he was the winner of the duel when he and, the world ranking’s number 1, Shingo Kunieda met in the Final of the US Open 2018.
Diede de Groot, Netherlands
She is the world ranking leader by a big margin in advantage of number two Yui Kamiji. When the two met in the final of the US Open 2018 it was de Groot who took the win after a convincing 6-2, 6-3 win. For the Dutch star it was her third grand slam win last season. However that season de Groot lost the final of Roland Garros against that same Kamiji.
Nicolas Peifer and Stephane Houdet, France
They are the numbers one and two in the men’s doubles world ranking and they play together. The two Frenchmen are the home favourites and kept the French title at home in last years French open. Being the world leader however, doesn’t make them invincible. In the US Open for example, they lost against numbers three and four Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid.
Where can you find out more about Roland Garros?
Roland Garros website: rolandgarros.com
Roland Garros on Instagram: www.instagram.com/rolandgarros @rolandgarros
Roland Garros on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RolandGarros
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