The French Open is the second Grand Slam tournament of the tennis calendar, and is the showpiece event of the clay-court portion of the tennis season.
The event was first held in 1891 and started out played on sand until it switched to clay in 1908. It remains the only one of the Grand Slam tournaments to be held on clay courts, where the bouncy and slow surface coupled with the best-of-five-set format makes it the most physically demanding tournament in tennis.
The tournament itself is held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The facility is named after French aviator Roland Garros, and was built in 1928. It features four courts, named after former French Tennis Federation chief Philippe Chatrier, French tennis pioneer Suzanne Lenglen, and French tennis star and former member of the French Resistance during World War II Simonne Mathieu.
The next edition of the French Open is set to take place from May 28 to June 11, 2023.