Ash Barty became the ninth different female Grand Slam champion in the last 10 Grand Slams when she won the title on Saturday. Only world No. A new generation of players has been promising to come through in the men's game with Dominic Thiem, twice a runners-up in the French Open now, leading the charge. Alex Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are also potential future superstars. Yet to earn this status, and freshen up the men's game, they first need to beat the old guard before they are past their peaks. The top four males seeds reached the last four here while Barty was the only woman in the top 25 to achieve the same before winning her first Grand Slam title.
List of French Open men's singles champions
French Open - Wikipedia
The French Open is an annual tennis tournament held over two weeks in May and June. Rafael Nadal has won the most French Open titles, with twelve which is also a record for any player, male or female, in any one of the four major tournaments and also holds the record for the most consecutive wins in the Open Era , with five from to The French Open was established in and was originally known as the French Championships. The tournament was only open to French players or foreign players who were a member of a French club during the first 34 years of its existence. French players were dominant in the early stages of the tournament, in particular Max Decugis , who won eight titles before the outbreak of the First World War.
First French Open champion, now world No. 1: Ashleigh Barty is on fire
The venue is named after the French aviator Roland Garros. It is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments,  the other three being the Australian Open , Wimbledon and the US Open. The French Open is currently the only Grand Slam event held on clay, and it is the zenith of the spring clay court season. Because of the seven rounds needed for a championship, the slow-playing surface and the best-of-five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set , the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.
Federer beat Nadal for the first time on clay a few weeks earlier but there was no stopping Nadal in Paris, as he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles. Thrashed Federer in one hour 48 minutes before apologising at the end of the match. He matched Borg's feat of four straight titles at Roland Garros and became the first player since the Swede in to win the tournament without dropping a set. After having his match winning streak in Paris snapped by Soderling the previous year, Nadal gained sweet revenge by felling the Swede to seal a fifth title in six years.