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The French Open: Who Cares?

The following article is from an Australian newspaper, "The Sydney Morning Herald" and is about how French Open champions go on to have little to no success in the other Grand Slams (especially Wimbledon) thereby asserting that the French Open is pretty much the most worthless slam and its results and players the most forgettable because of how different its inconsistent its results are when looking at who the top players are and how they play at the other, more mainstream Grand Slams.

Article: "The French Open - Who Cares?":

http://blogs.smh.com.au/sport/archiv...ch_open_1.html


What do you all think?

Personally, I think the French Open is the least important of the grand slams because it's played on Clay meaning that many of the world's best players can't produce their best or most consistent results, ie. Federer. And also, its out of step when compared to how the other grand slams are and its results are not considered very important in terms of how a player will go in other grand slams. It's a bit of an anamolie.
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Well done Sydney Herald. Got to love the way Australia views tennis

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The following article is from an Australian newspaper, "The Sydney Morning Herald" and is about how French Open champions go on to have little to no success in the other Grand Slams (especially Wimbledon) thereby asserting that the French Open is pretty much the most worthless slam and its results and players the most forgettable because of how different its inconsistent its results are when looking at who the top players are and how they play at the other, more mainstream Grand Slams.

Article: "The French Open - Who Cares?":

http://blogs.smh.com.au/sport/archiv...ch_open_1.html


What do you all think?

Personally, I think the French Open is the least important of the grand slams because it's played on Clay meaning that many of the world's best players can't produce their best or most consistent results, ie. Federer. And also, its out of step when compared to how the other grand slams are and its results are not considered very important in terms of how a player will go in other grand slams. It's a bit of an anamolie.
In europe and in south america most people would say it is the most important of the gd chelem, I guess! People are almost all brought up on the clay ine the summer time at least and they all watch RG on tv. Wmby is the most traditional one and prestigious but almost nobody plays on it. For instance, I think that there's no grass court in Switzerland in my knowledge!

I know that in australia there are plenty though...
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It's not FO fault that it's the only clay grand slam you know? Till recently US Open was also on clay. I would love to see what it would be the ATP circuit if we'd have two clay grand slams.

From my point of view, I'd never call such a tournament an anomaly. It's a different kind of game, but it's still tennis and I love the toughness of the clay game.

By the way, the Wimbledon winners are a very good indicative of the bright players on the circuit. Hahahah. Look at past winners and finalists and look at what they done after winning Wimbledon.

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Well done Sydney Herald. Got to love the way Australia views tennis
exactly...and then they wonder why there are hardly any up and coming players in this country. The sport has no exposure here and what exposure it does get, comes in the form of these pathetically bigotted news articles
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Well I think there is a point in there though I don't agree with how it's been expressed.

It is true that French Open champions have rarely had the best of it elsewhere and it's also true that other Slam winners haven't had the best of it in Paris - I always thought it a shame that the Paris crowds never really got to see the best of Pete Sampras at their home slam, for instance.

I think the surfaces diverged too much in the 1990s - grass was too fast and clay was too slow and the disparities were so wide that they were almost different sports - it's amazing Agassi managed a career slam in this period.

It's good to see semi-finalists at Roland this year who have proven records on other surfaces too.
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It's not FO fault that it's the only clay grand slam you know? Till recently US Open was also on clay. I would love to see what it would be the ATP circuit if we'd have two clay grand slams.

From my point of view, I'd never call such a tournament an anomaly. It's a different kind of game, but it's still tennis and I love the toughness of the clay game.

By the way, the Wimbledon winners are a very good indicative of the bright players on the circuit. Hahahah. Look at past winners and finalists and look at what he done after winning Wimbledon.
Such as sampras for instance!?!

Right, was a really bad player who didn't achieve much beside winning wimby!
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That's the most interesting, cuz if it was on hard too, doing the big slam would not not be as difficult, as special!
The players who win the 4 major have to be good on every surfaces, i think that it's fair!

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ummmm.....Well what if i saw who cares about wimbledon because players also dont produce the same results. Tennis would be darn boring is all the tour was played on hard and grass. And we wouldnt get to see some players show their potential on their fav surfaces

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Such as sampras for instance!?!

Right, was a really bad player who didn't achieve much beside winning wimby!
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Federer's clay success and Nadal's coming on hardcourts are proof enough that that Sydney paper are writing pure bullshit. Maybe the guy who wrote it is still mad that AO is traditionally considered the least important slam. If they wrote it after RG 2004 or even -05, it'd have made a tiny bit of sense, but now it's just plain ridiculous.


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i'm sorry but this stephen doesn't know anything on tennis
these 4 turnements (ao,fo,uso,wimbly) are the best tennis turnements on 4 differents surfaces and there are at the same level.
but each turnement has the own characteristics, own originality

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