From the tennis player winning their 1st title and trophies to the unpredictable rain interruption, the 2016 French Open threw up some major achievements and surprises.
Let’s take a look back and recap some of the highlights:
Novak Djokovic won his first French Open title
The Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic, capped off a remarkable last 12 months by beating Andy Murray to win his first ever French Open. He is now the 8thman in tennis history to complete a career slam (winning all four major Tennis tournaments – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open), and only the third ever to hold all four major single’s titles at once.
Garbine Muguruza won the women’s title, denying Serena her record
Garbine Muguruza from Spain has won her 1st ever major trophy after her upset victory over World No. 1 Serena Williams and captures the French Open 2016 title. This leaves Williams stranded on 21 major titles – one short of Steffi Graf’s open-era record of 22 major singles titles.
There were notable achievements in doubles, including a rare win for France
The French duo, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, gave the home crowd something to cheer by wrapping up the women’s doubles title. This victory made them the first French women to claim that honour since 1971. Meanwhile, Marc and Feliciano Lopez became the first pair of Spaniards to win at Rolland Garros (French Open) in 26 years. In mixed doubles, India’s Leander Paes and the ‘Swiss Miss’ Martina Hingis won mixed doubles to complete a career slam.
Rain interrupted play for the first time in 16 years
Incessant rain caused the matches to be cancelled on day 9 of the tournament, the first time this had happened in 16 years. This resulted in scheduling issues and calls for a roof on the main court, something that is already present at the other 3 major tournaments. Unfortunately, the fans at Rolland Garros will have to wait till 2020 for a show court roof.