French Open Past Winners, Biggest Upsets, & History

The French Open has a long history and many winners. Read our article to learn about the history of the tournament, who won the most, biggest upsets, and the list of all the winners. Below is a quick table to help navigate to the section of the article that most interest you. 

French Open History

The French Open, also known as the Roland-Garros, is a tennis tournament held over two weeks in late May. The name Roland-Garros is taken from Roland Garros Tennis Stadium, where this tournament is held. Roland Garros is a French aviator and fighter pilot during World War 1, and the stadium was named in memory of the great pilot.

It is part of the four Grand Slam tournaments; the other three are Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open. The French Open is the only clay court tournament of the Grand Slam tournaments.

When is the French Open Played?

The first national French Championship started in 1891 for the members of French clubs only. The tournament was held in Stade Francais club, and the winner was British, H.Briggs, who lived in Paris and was a member of the Stade club.   

In 1897, the first women's singles tournament was held with four entries. The tournaments of French inter-clubs were played till 1924 in four different venues. Because of World War I, no tournament was held from 1915 to 1919.

In 1925, the French Championship allowed international players to participate in the tournament, which is where the name French Open was given. During World War II, the tournament was not organized in 1940.

In 1968, the French Open became the first Grand Slam tournament to allow both amateurs and professionals to compete. In 1979, the stadium was expanded and increased the courts from five to ten professional tennis courts. Furthermore, it was expanded up to 20 courts from 1986 to 1992.

Due to the complaints of delayed matches plans were executed to build covered stadium with the roof from 2004 to 2008. But it could not be completed due to opposition from environmental defense associations and other stakeholders. The city council voted against the expansion in May 2015, but in June 2015, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo permitted and signed the contract for expansion.

In December 2015, Paris's administrative court once again stopped the renovation task, but the French tennis federation won their appeal for renovation. It was finally started in 2018 with a new retractable roof and a 5,000 seat court. The 2020 tournament was postponed due to the COVID pandemic and later played in September; it was played with limited spectators.

Top 5 Most French Open Wins for Men

  1. Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, is the first player who won this title more than 10 times. He has won the championship 13 times. He surely has mastered the spin on the clay courts. 
  2. Max Decugis has 8 titles.
  3. Bjorn Borg has won the tournament 6 times.
  4. Henri Cochet won this title 5 times.
  5. In the fifth position, there are two players, Andre Vacherot and Paul Ayme, who won the title 4 times each.

Top 5 Most French Open Wins for Women

  1. Chris Evert is on the top of the list with 7 titles.
  2. Suzanne Lenglen and Steffi Graf come in second with 6 titles each.
  3. Margaret Court and Adine Masson with 5 titles each.
  4. Justine Henin, Helen Wills Moody, and Jeanne Matthey tie at 4th most titles at 4 titles each.
  5. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Monica Seles, Serena Williams, and Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling have 3 titles each.

Top 5 Biggest French Open Upsets

Robin Soderling Ousted Rafael Nadal in 2009

Rafael Nadal was unbeaten at the tournament since his debut in 2005. In 2009, Robin Soderling defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, and 7-6 in the fourth round. Soderling, who was on number 23, managed to take off the game from Rafael.

Robin Soderling defeated Federer's in 2010

In 2010, Robin Soderling defeated tennis champion Roger Federer with 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, and 6-4 in the quarterfinals. Robin Soderling got this victory after 12 times' face-off.

Virginia Razzano defeated Serena Williams in 2012

Virginia comes on number 111 in the world among tennis players, but there was a big upset in 2012. Virginia defeated Serena Williams in the first round of the Grand Slam Tournament. It was the first time that she lost in the first round.

Tithiana Garbin defeated Justine Henin in 2004

Justin Henin was a ruling champion from 2003 to 2007 except 2004. In 2004, Garbin, who was on 86th rank, defeated Henin. Grabin defeated many top players over her career, but this victory was the biggest among them all.

Novak Djokovic against Marco Cecchinato French Open 2018

Marco had never won a grand slam match before the 2018 French Open. In 2018, with his astonishing performance, he defeated Novak Djokovic, who has won the Grand Slap Champion 12-times.


French Open Past Champions for Men (complete list)

The list of Men winners in single and doubles are provided below in table.

Year

Men (Singles)

Runner-Up

1891

J. Briggs

P. Baigneres

1892

J. Schopfer

F. L. Fassitt

1893

L. Riboulet

Jean Schopfer

1894

Andre Vancherot

Gerard Brosselin

1895

Andre Vancherot

Laurent Riboulet

1896

Andre Vancherot

Gerard Brosselin

1897

Paul Ayme

Francky Wardan

1898

Paul Ayme

Paul Lebreton

1899

Paul Ayme

Paul Lebreton

1900

Paul Ayme

Andre Prevost

1901

Andre Vacherot

Paul Lebreton

1902

Michel Vacherot

Max Decugis

1903

Max Decugis

Andre Vacherot

1904

Max Decugis

Andre Vacherot

1905

Maurice Germot

Andre Vacherot

1906

Maurice Germot

Max Decugis

1907

Max Decugis

Robert Wallet

1908

Max Decugis

Maurice Germot

1909

Max Decugis

Maurice Germot

1910

Maurice Germot

Francois Blanchy

1911

Andre Gobert

Maurice Germot

1912

Max Decugis

Andre Gobert

1913

Max Decugis

Georges Gault

1914

Max Decugis

Jean Samazeuilh

1915-1919

No tournaments

1920

Andre Gobert

Max Decugis

1921

Jean Samazeuilh

Andre Gobert

1922

Henri Cochet

Jean Samazeuilh

1923

Francois Blanchy

Max Decugis

1924

Jean Borotra

Rene Lacoste

1925

Rene Lacoste

Jean Borotra

1926

Henri Cochet

Rene Lacoste

1927

Rene Lacoste

William Tilden

1928

Henri Cochet

Rene Lacoste

1929

Rene Lacoste

Jean Borotra

1930

Henri Cochet

William Tilden

1931

Jean Borotra

Christian Boussus

1932

Henri Cochet

Giorgio de Stefani

1933

Jack Crawford

Henri Cochet

1934

Gottfried von Cramm

Jack Crawford

1935

Fred Perry

Gottfried von Cramm

1936

Gottfried von Cramm

Fred Perry

1937

Henner Henkel

Bunny Austin

1938

Donald Budge

Roderich Menzel

1939

Donald McNeill

Robert Riggs

1940

No Tournament

1941

Bernard Destremau

Henri Cochet

1942

Bernard Destremau

Marcel Bernard

1943

Yvon Petra

Henri Cochet

1944

Yvon Petra

Henri Cochet

1945

Yvon Petra

Bernard Destremau (

1946

Marcel Bernard

Jaroslav Drobny

1947

Jozsef Asboth

Eric Sturgess

1948

Frank Parker

Jaroslav Drobny

1949

Frank Parker

Budge Patty

1950

Budge Patty

Jaroslav Drobny

1951

Jaroslav Drobny

Eric Sturgess

1952

Jaroslav Drobny

Frank Sedgman

1953

Ken Rosewall

Vic Seixas

1954

Tony Trabert

Arthur Larsen

1955

Tony Trabert

Sven Davidson

1956

Lew Hoad

Sven Davidson

1957

Sven Davidson

Herbert Flam

1958

Mervyn Rose

Luis Ayala

1959

Nicola Pietrangeli

Ian Vermaak

1960

Nicola Pietrangeli

Luis Ayala

1961

Manuel Santana

Nicola Pietrangeli

1962

Rod Laver

Roy Emerson

1963

Roy Emerson

Pierre Darmon

1964

Manuel Santana

Nicola Pietrangeli

1965

Fred Stolle

Tony Roche

1966

Tony Roche

Istvan Gulyas

1967

Roy Emerson

Tony Roche

1968

Ken Rosewall

Rod Laver

1969

Rod Laver

Ken Rosewall

1970

Jan Kodes

Zeljko Franulovic

1971

Jan Kodes

Ilie Nastase

1972

Andres Gimeno

Patrick Proisy

1973

Ilie Nastase

Nikola Pilic

1974

Bjorn Borg

Manuel Orantes

1975

Bjorn Borg

Guillermo Vilas

1976

Adriano Panatta

Harold Solomon

1977

Guillermo Vilas

Brian Gottfried

1978

Bjorn Borg

Guillermo Vilas

1979

Bjorn Borg

Victor Pecci

1980

Bjorn Borg

Vitas Gerulaitis

1981

Bjorn Borg

Ivan Lendl

1982

Mats Wilander


Guillermo Vilas

1983

Yannick Noah

Mats Wilander

1984

Ivan Lendl

John McEnroe

1985

Mats Wilander

Ivan Lendl

1986

Ivan Lendl

Mikael Pernfors

1987

Ivan Lendl

Mats Wilander

1988

Mats Wilander

Henri Leconte

1989

Michael Chang

Stefan Edberg

1990

Andres Gomez

Andre Agassi

1991

Jim Courier

Andre Agassi

1992

Jim Courier

Petr Korda

1993

Sergi Bruguera

Jim Courier

1994

Sergi Bruguera

Alberto Berasategui

1995

Thomas Muster

Michael Chang

1996

Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Michael Stich

1997

Gustavo Kuerten

Sergi Bruguera

1998

Carlos Moya

Alex Corretja

1999

Andre Agassi

Andrei Medvedev

2000

Gustavo Kuerten

Magnus Norman

2001

Gustavo Kuerten

Alex Corretja

2002

Albert Costa

Juan Carlos Ferrero

2003

Juan Carlos Ferrero

Martin Verkerk

2004

Gaston Gaudio

Guillermo Coria

2005

Rafael Nadal

Mariano Puerta

2006

Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

2007

Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

2008

Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

2009

Roger Federer

Robin Soderling

2010

Rafael Nadal

Robin Soderling

2011

Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

2012

Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic

2013

Rafael Nadal

David Ferrer

2014

Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic

2015

Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic

2016

Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray

2017

Rafael Nadal

Stan Wawrinka

2018

Rafael Nadal

Dominic Thiem

2019

Rafael Nadal

Dominic Thiem

2020

Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic

Here is the list of winners of doubles.

Year

Men (Doubles)

1891

B. Desjoyau, T. Legrand

1892

D. Albertini, J. Havet

1893

J. Schopfer, F. Goldsmith

1894

L. Brosselin, J. Lesage

1895

André Vacherot, G. Winzer

1896

F. Warden, J. Wynn

1897

Paul Aymé, P. Lebreton

1898

M. Vacherot, X. Casdagli

1899

Paul Aymé, P. Lebreton

1900

Paul Aymé, P. Lebreton

1901

André Vacherot, M. Vacherot

1902

Max Decugis, J. Worth

1903

Max Decugis, J. Worth

1904

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1905

Max Decugis, J. Worth

1906

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1907

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1908

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1909

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1910

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1911

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1912

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1913

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1914

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1915-1919

No tournaments were held

1920

Max Decugis, Maurice Germot

1921

André Gobert, William Laurentz

1922

Jacques Brugnon, Marcel Dupont

1923

François Blanchy, Jean Samazeuilh

1924

Jean Borotra, René Lacoste

1925

Jean Borotra, René Lacoste

1926

Vinnie Richards, Howard Kinsey

1927

Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon

1928

Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon

1929

Jean Borotra, René Lacoste

1930

Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon

1931

George Lott, John Van Ryn

1932

Henri Cochet, Jacques Brugnon

1933

Pat Hughes, Fred Perry

1934

Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon

1935

Jack Crawford, Adrian Quist

1936

Jean Borotra, Marcel Bernard

1937

Gottfried von Cramm, Henner Henkel

1938

Benard Destremau, Yvon Petra

1939

Don McNeill, Charles Harris

1940-1945

No Tournaments were held.

1946

Marcel Bernard, Yvon Petra

1947

Eustace Fannin, Eric Sturgess

1948

Lennart Bergelin, Jaroslav Drobny

1949

Frank Parker, Pancho Gonzales

1950

Bill Talbert, Tony Trabert

1951

Ken McGregor, Frank Sedgman

1952

Ken McGregor, Frank Sedgman

1953

Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall

1954

Vic Seixas, Tony Trabert

1955

Vic Seixas, Tony Trabert

1956

Don Candy, Robert Perry

1957

Mal Anderson, Ashley Cooper

1958

Ashley Cooper, Neale Fraser

1959

Nicola Pietrangeli, Orlando Sirola

1960

Roy Emerson, Neale Fraser

1961

Roy Emerson, Rod Laver

1962

Roy Emerson, Neale Fraser

1963

Roy Emerson, Manuel Santana

1964

Roy Emerson, Ken Fletcher

1965

Roy Emerson, Fred Stolle

1966

Clarke Graebner, Dennis Ralston

1967

John Newcombe, Tony Roche

1968

Ken Rosewall, Fred Stolle

1969

John Newcombe, Tony Roche

1970

Ile Nastase, Ion Tiriac

1971

Arthur Ashe, Marty Riessen

1972

Bob Hewitt, Frew McMillan

1973

John Newcombe, Tom Okker

1974

Dick Crealy, Onny Parun

1975

Brian Gottfried, Raul Ramirez

1976

Fred McNair, Sherwood Stewar

1977

Brian Gottfried, Raul Ramirez

1978

Hank Pfister, Gene Mayer

1979

Sandy Mayer, Gene Mayer

1980

Victor Amaya, Hank Pfister

1981

Heinz Günthardt, Balazs Taroczy

1982

Sherwood Stewart, Ferdi Taygan

1983

Anders Jarryd, Hans Simonsson

1984

Henri Leconte, Yannick Noah

1985

Mark Edmondson, Kim Warwick

1986

John Fitzgerald, Tomas Smid

1987

Robert Seguso, Anders Jarryd

1988

Emilio Sánchez, Andres Gomez

1989

Jim Grabb, Patrick McEnroe

1990

Sergio Casal, Emilio Sánchez

1991

John Fitzgerald, Anders Jarryd

1992

Jakob Hlasek, Marc Rosset

1993

Luke Jensen, Murphy Jensen

1994

Byron Black, Jonathan Stark

1995

Jacco Eltingh, Paul Haarhuis

1996

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Daniel Vacek

1997

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Daniel Vacek

1998

Jacco Eltingh, Paul Haarhuis

1999

Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes

2000

Mark Woodbridge, Todd Woodforde

2001

Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes

2002

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Paul Haarhuis

2003

Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan

2004

Xavier Malisse, Olivier Rochus

2005

Jonas Björkman, Max Mirnyi

2006

Jonas Björkman, Max Mirnyi

2007

Mark Knowles, Daniel Nestor

2008

Pablo Cuevas, Luis Horna

2009

Lukas Dlouhy, Leander Paes

2010

Daniel Nestor, Nenad Zimonjic

2011

Max Mirnyi, Daniel Nestor

2012

Max Mirnyi, Daniel Nestor

2013

Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan

2014

Julien Benneteau, Edouard Roger-Vasselin

2015

Ivan Dodig, Marcelo Melo

2016

Feliciano Lopez, Marc Lopez

2017

Ryan Harrison, Michael Venus

2018

Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Nicolas Mahut

2019

Kevin Krawietz, Andreas Mies

2020

Kevin Krawietz, Andreas Mies

French Open Past Winners - Women (complete list)

Year

Women (Singles)

Women (Doubles)

1897

F. Masson

1898

F. Masson

1899

F. Masson

1900

Y. Prévost

1901

P. Girod

1902

C. Masson

1903

F. Masson

1904

Kate Gillou

1905

Kate Gillou

1906

Kate Gillou

1907

Comtesse de Kermel

1908

Kate Gillou-Fenwick

1909

Jeanne Mattey

1910

Jeanne Mattey

1911

Jeanne Mattey

1912

Jeanne Mattey

1913

Marguerite Broquedis

1914

Marguerite Broquedis

1915-1919

Tournamen did not play

1920

Suzanne Lenglen

1921

Suzanne Lenglen

1922

Suzanne Lenglen

1923

Suzanne Lenglen

1924

Diddie Vlasto

1925

Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Lenglen, Diddie Vlasto

1926

Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Lenglen, Diddie Vlasto

1927

Kornelia Bouman

Irene Peacock, Bobbie Heine

1928

Helen Wills

Phoebe Watson, Eileen Bennett

1929

Helen Wills

Lili de Alvarez, Kornelia Bouman

1930

Helen Wills Moody

Helen Wills Moody, Elizabeth Ryan

1931

Cilly Aussem

Eileen Whittingstall, Betty Nuthall

1932

Helen Wills Moody

Helen Wills Moody, Elizabeth Ryan

1933

Margaret Scriven

Simone Mathieu, Elizabeth Ryan

1934

Margaret Scriven

Simone Mathieu, Elizabeth Ryan

1935

Hilde Sperling

Margaret Scriven, Kay Stammers

1936

Hilde Sperling

Simone Mathieu, Billie Yorke

1937

Hilde Sperling

Simone Mathieu, Billie Yorke

1938

Simone Mathieu

Simone Mathieu, Billie Yorke

1939

Simone Mathieu

Simone Mathieu, Jadwiga Jedrzejowska

1940-1945

No tournaments

1946

Margaret Osborne

Louise Brough, Margaret Osborne

1947

Patricia Todd

Louise Brough, Margaret Osborne

1948

Nelly Landry

Doris Hart, Patricia Todd

1949

M. Osborne duPont

Louise Brough, Margaret Osborne DuPont

1950

Doris Hart

Doris Hart, Shirley Fry

1951

Shirley Fry

Doris Hart, Shirley Fry

1952

Doris Hart

Doris Hart, Shirley Fry

1953

Maureen Connolly

Doris Hart, Shirley Fry

1954

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly, Nell Hopman

1955

Angela Mortimer

Beverly Fleitz, Darlene Hard

1956

Althea Gibson

Angela Buxton, Althea Gibson

1957

Shirley Bloomer

Shirley Bloomer, Darlene Hard

1958

Zsuzsi Kormoczi

Rosie Reyes, Yola Ramirez

1959

Christine Truman

Sandra Reynolds, Renee Schuurman

1960

Darlene Hard

Maria Bueno, Darlene Hard

1961

Ann Haydon

Sandra Reynolds, Renee Schuurman

1962

Margaret Smith

Sandra Reynolds, Renee Schuurman

1963

Lesley Turner

Ann Jones, Renee Schuurman

1964

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith, Lesley Turner

1965

Lesley Turner

Margaret Smith, Lesley Turner

1966

Ann Haydon Jones

Margaret Smith, Judy Tegart

1967

Françoise Durr

Françoise Durr, Gail Sherriff

1968

Nancy Richey

Françoise Durr, Ann Jones

1969

Margaret Smith-Court

Françoise Durr, Ann Jones

1970

Margaret Smith-Court

Françoise Durr, Gail Sherriff Chanfreau

1971

Evonne Goolagong

Françoise Durr, Gail Sherriff Chanfreau

1972

Billie Jean King

Françoise Durr, Gail Sherriff Chanfreau

1973

Margaret Smith-Court

Margaret Smith Court, Virginia Wade

1974

Chris Evert

Chris Evert, Olga Morozova

1975

Chris Evert

Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova

1976

Sue Barker

Fiorella Bonicelli, Gail Sherriff Chanfreau Lovera

1977

Mima Jausovec

Regina Marsikova, Pam Teeguarden

1978

Virginia Ruzici

Mima Jausovec, Virginia Ruzici

1979

Chris Evert-Lloyd

Betty Stove, Wendy Turnbull

1980

Chris Evert-Lloyd

Kathy Jordan, Anne Smith

1981

Hana Mandlikova

Rosalyn Fairbank, Tanya Harford

1982

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova, Anne Smith

1983

Chris Evert-Lloyd

Rosalyn Fairbank, Candy Reynolds

1984

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver

1985

Chris Evert-Lloyd

Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver

1986

Chris Evert-Lloyd

Martina Navratilova, Andrea Temesvari

1987

Steffi Graf

Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver

1988

Steffi Graf

Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver

1989

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Larisa Savchenko, Natasha Zvereva

1990

Monica Seles

Jana Novotna, Helena Sukova

1991

Monica Seles

Gigi Fernandez, Jana Novotna

1992

Monica Seles

Gigi Fernandez, Natasha Zvereva

1993

Steffi Graf

Gigi Fernandez, Natasha Zvereva

1994

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Gigi Fernandez, Natasha Zvereva

1995

Steffi Graf

Gigi Fernandez, Natasha Zvereva

1996

Steffi Graf

Lindsay Davenport, Mary Joe Fernandez

1997

Iva Majoli

Gigi Fernandez, Natasha Zvereva

1998

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Martina Hingis, Jana Novotna

1999

Steffi Graf

Serena Williams, Venus Williams

2000

Mary Pierce

Martina Hingis, Mary Pierce

2001

Jennifer Capriati

Virginia Ruano Pascual, Paola Suárez

2002

Serena Williams

Virginia Ruano Pascual, Paola Suárez

2003

Justine Hénin-Hardenne

Kim Clijsters, Ai Sugiyama

2004

Anastasia Myskina

Virginia Ruano Pascual, Paola Suárez

2005

Justine Hénin-Hardenne

Virginia Ruano Pascual, Paola Suárez

2006

Justine Hénin-Hardenne

Lisa Raymond, Samantha Stosur

Justine Hénin-Hardenne

Alicia Molik, Mara Santangelo

2008

Ana Ivanovic

Anabel Medina Garrigues, Virginia Ruano Pascual

2009

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Anabel Medina Garrigues, Virginia Ruano Pascual

2010

F. Schiavone

Serena Williams, Venus Williams

2011

Na Li

Andrea Hlavackova, Lucie Hradecka

2012

Maria Sharapova

Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci

2013

Serena Williams

Ekaterina Makarova, Elena Vesnina

2014

Maria Sharapova

Su-Wei Hsieh, Shuai Peng

2015

Serena Williams

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Lucie Safarova

2016

Garbiñe Muguruza

Caroline Garcia, Kristina Mladenovic

2017

Jelena Ostapenko

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Lucie Safarova

2018

Simona Halep

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Lucie Safarova

2019

Ashleigh Barty

Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic

2020

Iga Świątek

Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic

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