The French Open
: Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros
or Tournoi de Roland-Garros
) is a major tennis
tournament held over two weeks between mid-May and early June in Paris
, at the Stade Roland Garros
. It is the second of the Grand Slam
tournaments on the annual tennis calendar and the premier clay court
tennis tournament in the world. It is one of the most prestigious events in tennis, and it has the widest worldwide broadcasting and audience of all events in this sport. Because of the slow playing surface and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak
in the final set, some say that the event is considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.
(18 May 1909 – 2 February 1995) was a championship-winning English tennis
and table tennis
player who won 10 Majors including eight Grand Slams
and two Pro Slams
. Perry won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships
from 1934 to 1936 and was World Amateur number one tennis player during those three years. Prior to Andy Murray
in 2013, Perry was the last British player to win the men's Wimbledon championship, in 1936 and was the last British player to win a men's singles Grand Slam title until Andy Murray won the 2012 US Open
Perry was the first player to win all four Grand Slam singles titles (though not all in the same year) and completed this "Career Grand Slam" at the age of 26, remaining the only British player ever to achieve this. Although Perry began his tennis career aged 18, he was also a Table Tennis World Champion in 1929.
In 1933, Perry helped lead the Great Britain team to victory over France in the Davis Cup; the team's first success since 1912, followed by wins over the United States in 1934, 1935, and a fourth consecutive title with victory over Australia in 1936.
From 1927 to 1967, the International Lawn Tennis Federation, treated all amateur champions as though they no longer existed, from the moment they turned professional. Perry, who turned pro at the end of the 1936 season, suffered the same fate. Only in 1968, with the introduction of "Open Tennis" did this change. After becoming disillusioned with the class-conscious nature of the Lawn Tennis Club of Great Britain, the working-class Perry moved to the United States and became a naturalised US citizen in 1938. Despite his unprecedented contribution to British tennis, Perry was not accorded full recognition by tennis authorities until his twilight years. In 1984, a statue of Perry was unveiled at Wimbledon, and in the same year Perry became the only tennis player listed in a survey to find the "Best of the Best" British sportsmen of the 20th century.