What is the French Open?

What is the French Open? 

Tennis is one of the world’s most loved sports, with more and more world-class players coming to the table and gaining more and more of an audience year on year. In today’s OnlyQuestion article, we’re going to take a look at all things French Open, and find out what it is, when it is – and how you can watch it from wherever you are in the world. Let’s jump straight into it!  

What is the French Open? 

The French Open is one of the few major tennis tournaments that is held in France, over a two-week period at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris. Starting late in May and ending in mid-June – this major tennis tournament is the 4th most watched out of the majors (Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, then this tournement). 

The French Open is played on a Clay court and has been since 1908. Before this, between 1891 and 1907 – the French Open was played on a sand court. There have been 126 editions of this tennis tournament since it began, of which 92 have been called Grand Slam events.  

Being a Grand Slam, the prize money is exceedingly large, with the latest tournament (2022) raking in a massive €42 million prize pool, with the winners in singles taking home €1.4 million each, and in doubles €244 thousand.  

When is the French Open? 

The French Open starts in late-May every single year, with the tournament being held in Paris for 2023, starting on 22-May and will last through till the 11th of June. This is fairly consistent year on year, and being in the centre of Paris means you can book a holiday if you wanted to go watch in person or take some time off work/school if you wanted to watch from home!  

Who won the French Open? 

Over the last 10 years, the Men’s singles for the grand slam seem to be just a few people – namely Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. For a full list, the Roland Garros site has each winner, but from OnlyQuestion, they are; 

Men’s Singles 

2022 – Rafael Nadal (Spain) 

2021 – Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 

2020 – Rafael Nadal (Spain) 

2019 – Rafael Nadal (Spain) 

2018 – Rafael Nadal (Spain) 

What is the French Open?
Rafael Nadal at the French Open

Women’s Singles 

2022 – Iga Swiatek (Poland) 

2021 – Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) 

2020 – Iga Swiatek (Poland) 

2019 – Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 

2018 – Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 

Iga Swiatek (Left) receiving the French Open Winning Trophy
Iga Swiatek (Left) receiving the French Open Winning Trophy

How to watch the French Open 

You can watch or listen to the matches in a few different ways. Firstly, you can attend the event. Tickets are usually on sale a few months after the previous year’s event has ended. For example, if you wish to visit the 2023 tournement – you can already buy tickets to the event.  

Secondly, although it may not be on Mainstream television, you can find channels online as well as the PGA, or tennis online streaming and you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention that you can also utilize the radio, as some sports radio channels will review major events. 


Overall, the French Open is a perfect tennis major that happens every year, and it’s one tournament we look forward to year in and year out. This tournament doesn’t only provide a great level of professional tennis but can be a great inspiration for young and aspiring tennis players.  

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