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May 29, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The tournament is called the French Open, but don't tell that to the organizers. They've made an official request to the media to stop using that name and instead use the French name of the site, Roland Garros. Why? Tournament officials want to maintain the identity of the event. "If we want to give an identity to this tournament in particular, it needs to be called Roland Garros, since the term French Open can be used for any sport," Executive Director Herve Dutreil said.
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June 9, 2013 | Henry Chu
Both are Spaniards in the upper echelons of the tennis world. Both are known for their indefatigable play, a willingness to chase down every shot while yanking opponents around the court. But one already owns a record seven French Open titles, whereas the other is in the first Grand Slam final of his career. As it was from the start, the smart money is on Rafael Nadal, the muscular Majorcan, to add to his remarkable resume Sunday by hoisting the silver trophy once more on the rust-red clay of Roland Garros.
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May 24, 1993 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On courts the color of smoked salmon, the French Open is being forced to go on a superstar diet. No Monica. No Agassi. Neither Monica Seles nor Andre Agassi will be around when the world's premier clay-court tournament takes off today on its annual two-week run at Roland Garros, the fortress-like stadium on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne.
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June 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
PARIS - There was never any question that the Spanish national anthem would be played for the French Open men's singles winner Sunday. And for most tennis watchers, there was no doubt which Spaniard would be the one to hold the trophy aloft. Rafael Nadal cemented his reputation as the sport's greatest-ever exponent on clay by scything down countryman David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, to harvest a record-extending eighth French Open title. No man has ever claimed the same Grand Slam tournament as many times, or won as many matches, 59, on the red clay of Paris.
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June 3, 1995 | JULIE CART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At times it's as if the slow red clay is the biggest star at the French Open, eclipsing the icons of tennis who tread with care upon the groomed courts of Roland Garros Stadium. On most days during the two weeks of this Grand Slam event, the courts are more discussed, evaluated and tended to than most players. Not to mention pampered. The groundsmen have a proprietary and tender relationship with the venue's 23 courts.
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May 24, 1994 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Martina Navratilova's final French Open singles match ended Monday with a smash. It was not, however, the mark of a winner. When Navratilova slammed her racket to the red clay surface after a 6-4, 6-4 defeat by No. 50 Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands, it was an emotional outburst that underscored a disappointing return to Roland Garros Stadium after a six-year absence. She then threw the twisted racket into a trash can, where a fan claimed it as a souvenir.
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June 4, 2010 | By Henry Chu
Reporting from Paris -- For a sport that uses the word "love" a lot, expect little of it to be lost between Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling when they square off in the French Open final Sunday. This will be a grudge match par excellence between the Spanish maestro who already has four French trophies at home and the broody Swede who not only denied him a fifth last year but has complained about and made fun of Nadal on court in the past, particularly his habit of plucking at the back of his shorts.
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June 3, 2003
'This is more important than the juniors final.' Juan Carlos Ferrero, last year's French Open runner-up, who meets Fernando Gonzalez in the quarterfinals, a rematch of the 1998 boys' final at Roland Garros, which Gonzalez won
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May 25, 2008 | From the Associated Press
PARIS -- Serena Williams is not one to play down her chances at any tournament. So it should come as no surprise she likes her title chances at the French Open. Even if she hasn't been past the quarterfinals at Roland Garros since 2003? Even if she didn't show up for her Italian Open quarterfinal last week because of a bad back? "I'm pretty much insatiable. Like, I always shoot and strive for the best," the 2002 French Open champion said Friday at Roland Garros, where she is seeded fifth and could meet older sister Venus in the semifinals.
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May 19, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Serena Williams extended the best run of her career on Sunday by winning the Italian Open title in a rout of third-seeded Victoria Azarenka on the clay in Rome. The top-ranked American has now won 24 matches in a row and four consecutive tournament titles with the 6-1, 6-3 victory over the 23-year-old from Belarus. The domination by Williams began early by breaking Azarenka's first two service games. Williams, 31, had 41 winners compared with 12 for the two-time reigning Australian Open champion and also served nine aces.
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May 19, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Serena Williams extended the best run of her career on Sunday by winning the Italian Open title in a rout of third-seeded Victoria Azarenka on the clay in Rome. The top-ranked American has now won 24 matches in a row and four consecutive tournament titles with the 6-1, 6-3 victory over the 23-year-old from Belarus. The domination by Williams began early by breaking Azarenka's first two service games. Williams, 31, had 41 winners compared with 12 for the two-time reigning Australian Open champion and also served nine aces.
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May 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Serena Williams continued her career-best winning streak, now at 23 matches, on Saturday to advance to the Italian Open championship match in Rome. The top-ranked American stopped Simona Halep of Romania, 6-3, 6-0, in the semifinals and will try to win her fourth consecutive tournament, and second in a row on clay, on Sunday against third-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who beat seventh-seeded Sara Errani, 6-0, 7-5, in the other semifinal. Williams last lost in a final to Azarenka at the Qatar Open in February, when the former top-ranked player and two-time reigning Australian Open champion from Belarus defeated Williams, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3. If Williams can win on Sunday, she'll try to repeat her performance from more than a decade ago when she followed a win in the Italian Open with her only title run in the French Open.
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June 10, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
The French Open men's championship match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has been suspended in the fourth set because of rain. It's the first time in 39 years that the tournament won't end on a Sunday. Nadal, who is seeking a record seventh French Open title, was leading, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2, after three hours of play when a second rain delay forced the players off the clay court at Roland Garros. After an hour delay, officials said the match would resume on Monday at 1 p.m. local time.
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June 10, 2012 | By Henry Chu
PARIS - As expected, the men's final at the French Open made history Sunday, but it was for a reason no one wanted: Completion of the match was postponed until Monday. It was the first time in 39 years that no singles champion was declared on the tournament's final Sunday, and it left world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain to ponder their chances overnight with their match suspended at 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 in favor of the Spaniard. Each man is hoping to accomplish something remarkable on the red clay at Roland Garros: Djokovic to become the first man in 43 years to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles, Nadal to hoist the French Open trophy for a record seventh time.
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May 29, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
It appears Serena Williams' run at the French Open will end almost before it starts. Williams lost her first-round match Tuesday to Virginie Razzano, who pulled off a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 upset on home soil. The 13-time major winner was two points from victory several times in the second set, but couldn't pull off the win despite leading the tiebreaker, 5-1. Razzano won six consecutive points to force a third set. "I made so many errors today, which isn't the game I was playing in the past," Williams said.
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March 10, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Former No. 1-ranked player Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 15th seeded this year at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, won her first match Saturday. She defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden, 6-1, 6-2. Ivanovic played a close-to-the-vest match, with only four unforced errors, and won with a 104 mph ace. She had Larsson on the ropes throughout, and ended up converting five of 17 break points. Ivanovic won the French Open in 2008 at age 20 and spent three months at No. 1 shortly after that.
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June 3, 1989 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
The sun will play hide-and-seek behind white, inoffensive clouds. -- Weather report for Day 4 of the French Open On Day 5, those clouds got downright offensive. A steady, cold drizzle fell upon Roland Garros Stadium Friday afternoon, preceding the appearance of a raft of umbrellas and turning the storied clay courts into something like red putty. In France, this is regarded as both tragedy and opportunity. The matches might have been postponed for a while, but at the same time the rain provided an invitation to dine without the interruption of tennis.
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June 7, 1998 | LISA DILLMAN
There is still plenty of tennis to be played at Roland Garros. And, knowing the endurance and baseline capabilities of men's finalists Carlos Moya and Alex Corretja, that is something of an understatement. Since the match is starting at 3 p.m. here, let's hope it finishes before darkness falls in Paris, or at least before the start of the World Cup this week.
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June 5, 2011 | By Henry Chu
Reporting from Paris One man came seeking history, the other redemption. Both got what they wanted Sunday, though only one took home the trophy after a stirring match that will go down as one of the finest finals at Roland Garros in recent memory. Rafael Nadal, the world's No. 1 tennis player, won his sixth French Open, a feat of clay that puts him on par with Swedish great Bjorn Borg. The Spaniard was at his muscular best, powering to a 10th Grand Slam title in four tough sets against his biggest rival, Swiss maestro Roger Federer, the only active men's player with more majors to his name.
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