Originally Posted by Clashcityrocker
French Open was a clear nr.3 up until the early 80s..
Totally incorrect. Except for a couple of years, due to team tennis and pro conflicts, all top players competed at the French since WW II and before. Tilden, Budge, Trabert, Perry and the top French players-who were the top players from the mid 20's to early 30's. Laver, Rosewall, Emerson, Santana, Gimeno, Connors, Newcombe, etc. all competed there when eligible.