One of the world's most coveted gland slams - the French Open - comes to Paris in May. Watch as the likes of Djokovic, Murray and Wawrinka battle it out in the hopes of winning this prestigious annual championship.
If you know your Roger from your Raphael and your Williams from your Wawrinka then chances are you've probably heard of the French Open. One of the world's biggest gland slams, this three-week contest offers the pros a chance to compete for the championship title. Sitting in the stands, us mere mortals watch in awe as the gods of the tennis world do their thing.
The event takes place at the Roland Garros Stadium (in north west Paris) and attracts over one hundred thousand spectators each year. The biggest clay court event in the world, the tournament is up there with the likes of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Players battle for several titles, including singles, doubles and mixed - the much coveted men and women's individual titles are won in the finals on the concluding weekend of the championship. With all the nail biting points, over a hundred miles per hour serves and impossibly tense rallies, the atmosphere inside the courts is electric. And even if you haven't blagged tickets for the actual thing, many places across Paris screen matches live - including the plaza under the Eiffel Tower.
The big matches take place on the Philip Chartier centre court, although many other huge battles can be seen on surrounding courts which make up a great outdoor complex that boasts a posh festival vibe. If you're feeling flash, head to the champagne bar for a tipple inbetween matches; alternatively shop for tennis gear at the many boutique stalls. Take it easy though; shopaholics tend to miss most of the action.
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