The 2017 French Open

June 23, 2017

In tennis, the French Open is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. For two weeks, some of the most talented professional tennis players compete to see who will win the coveted championship trophy.

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This year, Rafael Nadal of Spain took the men’s title, making it his 10th win and the most any player has ever won in the history of the French Open! Quite a feat, but it doesn’t actually get him the title of the number one ranked tennis player in the world. The world of professional tennis is interesting that way—tennis players are ranked based on how they scored across the different tournaments that they play in, not whether or not they won a single tournament. Currently, Andy Murray of the United States is ranked number one, but with Nadal’s win, he’s moved up in ranking from number four to number two.

This year’s French Open women’s title was won by Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia. She’s only 20 years old and it was her first appearance at the French Open. What’s more, she was an unseeded player, ranked 47th, and beat third-seeded Simona Halep. The last time that an unseeded player won the French Open was when Briton Margaret Scriven won in 1933. When asked how she won, Jelena said that it was all about enjoying the match, playing aggressively, and focusing on winning until the very end. Congrats, Jelena!