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Why is the English GS always called Wimbledon while the FO isn't always called RG?

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"Roland Garros" is in the official name of the tournament in the French language. However to English speakers it just more known as the French Open. It is just a choice thing because I'm quite sure in French, they also refer to it as either "Roland Garros" or "French Open".

I know I heard "French Open" before I've heard "Roland Garros" when I was growing up playing the game. Wimbledon is just Wimbledon because that is what it is. I mean it is officially "The Champships, Wimbledon" of course, but since the suburb is also named Wimbledon and it is a lot easier to just call it Wimbledon by all languages, that is probably how it came out in the end.

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I have always find it somewhat strange, tbh. I always prefer to use the name Roland Garros over French Open but many other people don't. I don't know why... Maybe Roland Garros isn't so easy to pronouce for English speaking people.

On the other hand, if I were to say "English Open" instead of "Wimbledon", people would probably look me in a strange way...

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I have always find it somewhat strange, tbh. I always prefer to use the name Roland Garros over French Open but many other people don't. I don't know why... Maybe Roland Garros isn't so easy to pronouce for English speaking people.

On the other hand, if I were to say "English Open" instead of "Wimbledon", people would probably look me in a strange way...
Well of course they would look at you silly because no one calls it that, nor is it anything official. French Open, on the other hand, is the English variant officially I believe.

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Don't know why it's always known as Wimbledon, but there's no such thing as the 'English GS' - it's the British GS...
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Just as important, why in French is it sometimes spelled "Roland-Garros" and sometimes "Roland Garros" (without the hyphen): http://www.rolandgarros.com/fr_FR/index.html
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"Roland Garros" is in the official name of the tournament in the French language. However to English speakers it just more known as the French Open. It is just a choice thing because I'm quite sure in French, they also refer to it as either "Roland Garros" or "French Open".
No we don't. No French people would ever say the French Open, everyone would say "Roland Garros" or just "Roland".
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According to the English wiki-article, the French tennis "authorities" was presented the area to build a tennis stadium there under the condition that the stadium/area was named after the WW1 aviator Roland Garros. If you want to know more about this aviator - do more researches yourself.

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Just as important, why in French is it sometimes spelled "Roland-Garros" and sometimes "Roland Garros" (without the hyphen): http://www.rolandgarros.com/fr_FR/index.html
Roland-Garros is the correct way to write it in France according to all the typography reference books, but loads of people don't know about that rule, you will probably see it written without the hyphen more often. It's too bad since there is, for once, a simple, logical rule. Aéroport Charles-de-Gaulle, avenue Victor-Hugo, lycée Jules-Verne, stade Jean-Bouin, etc. – it always works. It is the rule in use in the publishing business, but be ready to get "corrected" by a lot of people if you write it that way.
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No we don't. No French people would ever say the French Open, everyone would say "Roland Garros" or just "Roland".
They also sometimes say "Internationaux de France", on TV for example.

We used to call the US Open "Flushing Meadows" in France when I was young. Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows were the common appellations (nobody talked about the AO at the time). Now we say "US Open" in French too.
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They also sometimes say "Internationaux de France", on TV for example.
Usually when they want to sound extra pedantic
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