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The Les internationaux de France de Tennis, Roland Garros is currently in full swing. More commonly known as the French Open, this two-week clay-court tennis tournament is considered to be the premier tennis championship in the entire world. Played out during the end of May, it is one of four Grand Slam tournaments that occur annually, the others being the Australian Open in mid-January, Wimbledon in June/July, and the U.S. Open in August/September.
This year’s French Open, sponsored by IBM, runs from May 19 through June 7. Read about the history of the French Open (from Tennis.com) and find out what makes this Grand Slam Tournament so unique. Click to look up the past winners from 1891 to 2014 from the Roland-Garros site. The purse (prize money) for the 2015 French Open is over 11.5 million dollars!
As we hit the midway point of this exciting tennis tourney, the top seeded players have made headlines with their steady display of supreme athleticism and showmanship. First, review the events of the past couple of weeks by visiting the New York Times Chronology of Coverage. Then jump forward to the here and now, read through The Latest (Washington Post). Check London’s The Telegraph coverage of the French Open 2015. Click and peruse IBM’s ‘Slam Tracker’ to get all of the up-to-the-minute updates and standings – if you are following the matches, this is currently the best tool online.
Looking at the Women’s standings, read The Latest: Kvitova, Mitu advance at French Open from the Paris Guardian. Then continue with Sharapova cruises past Stosur at French Open also at the Paris Guardian. Serena Williams is one of the most popular female tennis players known for her vibrant personality both on and off the court. Read Angry Serena storms to three-set win from the Tampa Bay Times. Continue with Serena Williams survived a major scare to keep Slam hopes alive from USA Today. For an overview of Serena’s status in this tournament, read Serena Williams v Victoria Azarenka: French Open 2015 – as it happened (The Guardian). Follow with the friendship of Serena and Sloane Stephens (USA Today).
Jumping over to the Men’s standings, start with The Guardian’s French Open 2015: day eight – as it happened. Continue with UPDATE 2-Tennis-French Open men's singles round 4 results from Reuters. Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock take the Headlines at USA Today. One of the favored men, Roger Federer ended his playing in the tournament today, read how Roger Federer's French Open luck finally ran out. For additional coverage and excellent action shots, click the USA Today Tennis link.