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Federer to play Roland Garros for first time since 2015

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Roger Federer returns to the clay courts of the French Open this year

'FOR FUN'. Roger Federer just wants to have fun in the 2019 Roland Garros. Photo by William West/AFP

Thiem routs weary Zverev to reach 3rd straight French Open semi-final

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The Austrian 7th seed cruises through a 3-set victory over Zverev who ran out of gas

3RD STRAIGHT. Dominic Thiem will face either 2016 champion and 12-time major winner Novak Djokovic or Italy's world number 72 Marco Cecchinato in his 3rd straight French Open semis. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

'I don't feel old': Birthday boy Nadal after 900th win

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Spaniard reaches the quarterfinals in his bid to defend his French Open title

NOT SLOWING DOWN. Rafael Nadal inches closer to his 11th French Open title. File photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Serena, Sharapova ready to renew bad blood in French Open

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Maria Sharapova has not defeated Serena Williams since 2004

BAD BLOOD. Two of tennis biggest stars clash in the Roland Garros. Photo by Thomas SAMSON/AFP

PH bet Alex Eala ends 2018 Roland Garros junior tournament bid

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:46 PM

The country's teen tennis star drops a straight-set decision to American Peyton Stearns in the second round of the qualifiers

DEBUT. Alex Eala makes the most out of her Roland Garros experience on and off the court. Rappler file photo

PH's rising tennis star Alex Eala inches closer to 2018 Roland Garros

May 30, 2018 - 7:16 PM

This 13-year-old gears up for her biggest competition yet

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Serena Williams' French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate

May 23, 2018 - 9:20 AM

A USA Today headline says the tennis superstar is getting punished 'for having a baby'

REGAINING FORM. Following the birth of her daughter last September, Serena Williams looks to regain the imposing form that made her a  23-time major winner. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

True grit: Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove

May 22, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The Russian returns to the clay court showpiece after the Roland Garros chiefs denied her of a wildcard in 2017

FRENCH OPEN RETURN. Maria Sharapova has won two of her 5 career majors on the Roland Garros' clay courts. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Zverev main threat to Nadal, bids to end Germany's 81-year French Open drought

May 22, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The 21-year-old German challenges the King of Clay as he aims to make it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament

SECOND SEED. Germany's Alexander Zverev nabs second seed in the French Open after defeating Austria's Dominic Thiem during their ATP Madrid Open final tennis match. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Alex Eala on the rise in PH tennis

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:04 PM

With a strong support system behind Eala, there is more in store for her and her tennis career

ON THE RISE. Alex Eala will be competing in the 2018 Roland Garros Junior Championships. Rappler File photo

PH junior tennis star Alex Eala to compete in 2018 Roland-Garros

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The 12-year-old Pinay receives a wildcard for the Girls Single qualifiers

ROLAND-GARROS BOUND. A wildcard from FF tennis president grants Alex Eala a chance in the 2018 Girls Singles of Roland-Garros. Photo from Facebook

The King of Clay is here to stay

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:00 AM

There s much to appreciate about the next generation but Rafael Nadal has shown he isn t ready to leave the grand stage just yet

DOMINANCE. The future will have to wait as Rafael Nadal remains the King of Clay. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Ostapenko believes 'anything is possible' after French Open win

Jun 11, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The 20 year old Jelena Ostapenko is the first unseeded player to win Roland Garros since 1933

Halep, Ostapenko eye French Open title

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:27 PM

Simona Halep aims to be the world number one while Jelena Ostapenko dreams of becoming the lowest ranked champion in tournament history

UNDERDOG. Jelena Ostapenko, world number 47, is the first Latvian to reach a Slam final. World number 4 Simona Halep says she's a favorite after finishing as a runner-up in Rome. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Nadal shrugs off perfect 10 as history beckons

Jun 10, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Tennis world number 4 Rafael Nadal shares his proudest moment in his 16 years as a pro

FAVORITE NUMBER. The 9-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal says he loves the number 9 but that might change if he successfully wins his 10th title. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Wawrinka beats Murray in epic to reach French Open final

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:49 PM

Wawrinka will now face either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in Sunday s final

EPIC. Stan Wawrinka came out on top of a 4-hour, 34-minute battle of shotmaking and endurance to become the oldest French Open finalist in 44 years. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Murray, Wawrinka charge into French Open last 8

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:40 AM

After trouncing Karen Khachanov Andy Murray takes the microphone to remember the victims of the recent attacks in London and Manchester

Nadal, Djokovic into French Open quarters as champ Muguruza exits

Jun 05, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Nine time champion Rafael Nadal and titleholder Novak Djokovic surged into the French Open quarter finals for a record equalling 11th time

ON TO THE NEXT. Rafael Nadal is in the final 8 on the men's side. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Murray downs Del Potro, French women feud

Jun 04, 2017 - 11:14 AM

World number one Andy Murray achieves his 7th win in 10 meetings and will next face either John Isner or Karen Khachanov

No charge as Agassi works for free with Djokovic

Jun 03, 2017 - 1:49 PM

Andre Agassi who won Roland Garros in 1999 says he is not being paid to mentor Novak Djokovic but simply wants to help him find his best form again

Nadal merciless as Djokovic toils in Paris

Jun 03, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Rafael Nadal demonstrates why he is once more considered the overwhelming favorite at Roland Garros while defending champion Novak Djokovik escapes trouble against Diego Schwartzman

French Open player banned after attempting to kiss reporter against her will

May 31, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Maxime Hamou is banned from the Roland Garros site after grabbing a TV reporter around the neck and attempting to kiss her against her will

BANNED. "If it hadn't been live on air, I would have punched him," reporter Maly Thomas said of the unwanted advance. Screenshot from YouTube

Nadal, Djokovic cruise as Muguruza downs ex-champ

May 30, 2017 - 11:58 AM

As expected 14 time major champion Rafael Nadal French Open defending champion Novak Djokovic and reigning women s titlist Garbine Muguruza set a good Roland Garros start

Nadal, Djokovic to launch French Open assaults

May 29, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Rafael Nadal looks to win his tenth French Open while Novak Djokovic goes to battle alongside new coach Andre Agassi

RETURN TO FORM. Rafael Nadal is bidding to become the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Kerber becomes first top seed to lose Roland Garros opener

May 28, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Germany s Angelique Kerber makes a dubious piece of history becoming the first top seed in French Open history to lose their opening match

EARLY EXIT. Before Angelique Kerber's loss to Russian Ekaterina Makarova, the previous earliest exit for a top seed at the French Open was a second round loss. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Nadal: 'I almost destroyed wrist at French Open'

May 26, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Rafael Nadal aims to achieve what should have been done last year: win his 10th Roland Garros title

A PERFECT 10. A 10th Monte Carlo Masters and a 10th title in Barcelona. Now Rafael Nadal targets what many in the sport thought was impossible: a 10th Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

No Federer, Serena, Sharapova? No problem for Roland Garros

May 24, 2017 - 12:00 PM

French tennis historian Jean Christophe Piffau says the absence of these 3 stars does not weaken the tournament because Roland Garros remains an institution and the Holy Grail for a player

A PERFECT 10. A 10th Monte Carlo Masters and a 10th title in Barcelona. Now Rafael Nadal targets what many in the sport thought was impossible: a 10th Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sharapova denied French Open wild card

May 17, 2017 - 11:01 PM

The world s former number one Maria Sharapova will sit out this year s Roland Garros

Muguruza stuns Serena to win French Open

Jun 05, 2016 - 12:14 AM

Garbine Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam title since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998

UPSET IN PARIS. Garbine Muguruza won her first Grand Slam at Serena Williams' expense. Photo by Robert Ghement/EPA

Djokovic, Murray set-up French Open final blockbuster

Jun 04, 2016 - 5:32 AM

The top two rated men s tennis players will meet in a Grand Slam final for the seventh time with history and prestige on the line

CLAY CLASH. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will cross paths again after dismissing their semi-final opponents. Photo by Tracey Nearmy/EPA

Djokovic, Murray have history on minds at French Open

Jun 03, 2016 - 4:02 AM

Novak Djokovic seeks his first French Open crown while Andy Murray looks to become the first British man in the final in 79 years

HISTORY ON DECK. Novak Djokovic celebrates with a ball boy after winning against Tomas Berdych in the French Open quarters. Photo by Robert Ghement/EPA

Defending champ Wawrinka, Murray set up French Open semi-final duel

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:37 PM

Defending French Open champ Wawrinka 31 will meet either Andy Murray or Richard Gasquet for a place in the final

ELDER STATESMAN. Stan Wawrinka is the oldest man in the French Open semis since Jimmy Connors in 1985. Photo by Caroline Blumberg/EPA

French Open suffers first washout in 16 years

May 30, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Heavy rain forces all scheduled matches on Monday to be canceled the first time this has happened since 2000

ROLAND IN THE DEEP. The French Open will be set back a day due to heavy rains. File photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Djokovic on verge of $100 million breakthrough

May 30, 2016 - 10:55 AM

With 99 673 404 banked in prize money at the start of Roland Garros the 29 year old Novak Djokovic can cross the 100 million barrier by making the last 8

WORLD NUMBER ONE. Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action against Aljaz Bedene of Britain during their men's single third round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 28 May 2016.​​​ Photo by STEPHAN MUELLER/EPA

Serena, Djokovic march on, Thiem impresses at rainy French Open

May 29, 2016 - 7:10 PM

On a rainy French Open Saturday Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic enter the last 16

ON TO LAST 16. Serena Williams in action against Kristina Mladenovic during their women's single third round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 28 May 2016.​​​​ Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA

French Open: No Nadal but Djokovic back in action

May 28, 2016 - 11:20 AM

Novak Djokovic rolls on in the French Open after a potential semifinal showdown with Rafael Nadal is wrecked after the Spaniard s withdrawal from the tournament

NO SEMIFINAL MEETING. The potential semifinal meeting between Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal won't take place after the latter pulled out of the French Open with an injury.​​​ Photo of Djokovic by ROBERT GHEMENT/EPA

Nadal withdraws from French Open with wrist injury

May 28, 2016 - 1:39 AM

Rafael Nadal insists his withdrawal from the French Open with a wrist injury doesn t mean his career his over

FRENCH CLOSED. "To win the tournament I need 5 more matches, and the doctor says that's 100% impossible, says Nadal. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Djokovic, Nadal reach milestones with French Open wins

May 27, 2016 - 6:22 AM

Novak Djokovic claims his 50th win at the French Open while Rafael Nadal becomes the eighth man to win 200 Grand Slam matches

CLAY DAY. Rafael Nadal reached a personal milestone in his victory over Facundo Bagnis in their men's single second match at the French Open.​​​ Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Murray, Wawrinka target last 32 in French Open

May 25, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Both second seed Andy Murray and defending champion Stan Wawrinka needed 5 setters to claim their first wins

FIRST WIN. Andy Murray of Britain celebrates after winning a point against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during their men's single first round match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France. Photo by IAN LANGSDON/EPA

Andy Murray denies rift with ex-coach after French Open recovery

May 25, 2016 - 12:32 AM

Andy Murray who came back from a two set deficit to defeat Radek Stepanek was described as complex by his former coach

COMPLEX ISSUE. World number two Andy Murray dropped the first two sets to Radek Stepanek in their opening round match before recovering to advance. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Murray's French Open battle for survival halted by darkness

May 24, 2016 - 5:08 AM

Andy Murray drops the first two to Radek Stepanek but wins the third while Stan Wawrinka avoids becoming the first defending champion to lose in the first round

ROUGH FIRST ROUND. World number two Andy Murray was warned for swearing as he tries to avoid his first opening round exit in Paris since his 2006 debut. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Djokovic, Nadal on collision course at French Open

May 20, 2016 - 8:18 PM

Novak Djokovic looks to improve his luck in Paris but he may have to get through one of the greatest clay court players of all time

WE MEET AGAIN. Rafael Nadal (L) and Novak Djokovic met in the quarterfinals of the 2015 French Open, and are likely to face off again in the 2016 edition as well. Photo by Robert Ghement/EPA

Federer withdraws from French Open, breaks 65-straight Slams streak

May 19, 2016 - 11:51 PM

Roger Federer who has been plagued by knee and back injuries will miss a Grand Slam event for the first time since 1999

INJURY. Roger Federer withdraws from the French Open, where he won a championship in 2009. Photo by Claudio Onorati/EPA

French Open targets growth, on and off court

May 19, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The prize money has grown at the French Open but the Grand Slam tournament seeks expansion in complex and influence

'King of Clay' Nadal not obsessed with 10th French Open title

May 19, 2016 - 4:35 AM

Winning a 10th French Open crown would be nice for Rafael Nadal but the world number 5 insists that enjoying his play is most important

KING OF CLAY. Rafael Nadal has had some of his best success at Roland Garros, winning 9 championships. Photo by J.J. Guillen/EPA

Wawrinka dashes Djokovic dreams, wins French Open

Jun 08, 2015 - 3:46 AM

Stan Wawrinka spectacularly shattered Novak Djokovic s dream of a career Grand Slam when he became the oldest winner of the French Open in 25 years

Stan Wawrinka reigned supreme in Paris. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Tennis: Rafael Nadal's eight French Open finals

Jun 07, 2014 - 1:21 PM

Here s a recap of Rafael Nadal s 8 victories so far

Tennis: Scarred Murray seeks solace on grass

Jun 07, 2014 - 12:33 PM

It was a tough day for me It was a bad bad day says Andy Murray

Nadal to play Djokovic in French Open final

Jun 07, 2014 - 12:10 AM

UPDATED Rafael Nadal beats Andy Murray 6 3 6 2 6 1

Djokovic ends Gulbis run to reach French Open final

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:04 PM

The world number two will face either top seed and 8 time champion Rafael Nadal or Britain s Andy Murray for the title

ON THE THE FINALS. Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in their men's semi final match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 06 June 2014. Photo by Caroline Blumberg/EPA