The very first French Championships were held in 1891, the winner was a Englishman, named "H. Briggs" and Françoise Masson won the first ladies competition in 1897. However, the French Open did not become a truly international sport until the early 1920s, when the tournament was opened to other nations in 1925. Then in 1928, the tournament was moved to Roland Garros, its current home to the French Open we know today.
The first competition was only a one-day national championship. It was not until 24 years later, when the competition of the men's tournament became fully international. After more than a century of tennis in France, Roland Garros has become one of the most cosmopolitan of the Grand Slams and as well, The French Open has become one of the most exciting international tennis championships in the world.
After the First World War, French tennis was on the crest of a wave, with Suzanne Lenglen winning six times between 1920 and 1926. Coupled with the need to host the Davis Cup after the winning it in 1927, the popularity of tennis in France precipitated the construction of a brand new tennis stadium at Porte D'Auteuil, named after French war hero Roland Garros.
Following the Second World War, France's domination slipped and the Americans and Australians took over, with new young stars such as Ken Rosewall of Australia and America's Maureen Connolly. In 1956 the tournament was host to the first African-American Grand Slam winner, the American Althea Gibson.
In 1968, the Open era started when professionals were permitted to enter. The now established Rosewall stepped up to claim the men's prize money, 15 years after his first title. Nancy Richey took the ladies prize.
In the 70's and 80's, with Bjorn Borg winning six titles and Chris Evert taking home seven and also with the French having some success, with Yannick Noah capturing France's first title for 37 years.
The late 80's and early 90's tennis fans witness the rise of the teenage stars. Michael Chang won the 1989 Championships at the age of 17 years and 3 months. In the 1990's, Monica Seles won the title when she was only 16.
The French Open is the only major tournament played on clay courts.
Today The French Open still continues to bring every year more and more exciting tennis to fans around the world
113th Edition 2014: The 2014 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 113th edition of the French Open and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros from 25 May to 8 June.
It consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players also took part in singles and doubles events.
112th Edition 2013: The 2013 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 112th edition of the French Open and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros from 26 May to 9 June.
Rafael Nadal was the three-time defending champion in the men's singles, and won the title to become the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times. Maria Sharapova was the defending champion in women's singles, but lost in the final to Serena Williams.
111th Edition 2012: The 2012 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 111th edition of the French Open, and took place at the Stade Roland Garros from 27 May until 11 June 2012.
Rafael Nadal won the tournament for the third year in succession, and the seventh time in eight years, defeating first-time Roland Garros finalist Novak Djokovic.
Li Na was unsuccessful in her title defence, being defeated in the fourth round by Yaroslava Shvedova. Maria Sharapova defeated 21st seed Sara Errani in the final to win her first French Open title, to complete a career Grand Slam, and to return to the World No. 1 ranking for the first time in four years.
The 2011 French Open was the 110th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It took place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 22 May to 5 June 2011.
Rafael Nadal successfully defended his 2010 title, defeating rival Roger Federer in the final to win his sixth French Open title.
The 2011 French Open was the one hundred and tenth edition of the French Open. It was held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris. The tournament was an event run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and was part of the 2011 ATP World Tour and the 2011 WTA Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category.
It was the 109th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year.
The 2010 French Open also featured the return of four-time champion Justine Henin, who retired immediately before the 2008 French Open, where she was the 3-time defending champion.
In the Men's singles many of seeded players made it through led by 2009 finalist Robin Söderling, Mikhail Youzhny and Marin Čilić. While Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was pushed to the limit by German Daniel Brands as he came through 7–5 in the fifth.
The 2009 French Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was the 108th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year.
Roger Federer won the finals against Robin Söderling to finally win the French Open tournament for the first time in his career, after he was beaten in previous three finals by Nadal.
With this win, he completed his career Grand Slam, titles on all four Grand Slam tournaments in his career.
He became the third male player in the Open era (after Rod Laver and Andre Agassi) and sixth male player in tennis history overall to accomplish the feat.