Players Who Won Most Number Of French Open Titles

The French Open 2024 has come to a close in which Carlos Alcaraz emerged as the champion. Let us have a look back at the players who have won the most number of the titles in Roland Garros.

The French Open 2024 has come to a close in which Carlos Alcaraz emerged as the champion. Alcaraz is the youngest to have won the title. As the Spaniard looks promising to show his dominance on the clay, let us have a look back at the players who have won the most titles in Roland Garros. 

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Rafal Nadal (Spain) 

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Players Who Won Most Number Of French Open Titles

Rafal Nadal is the undisputed “king of clay”. The Spaniard has won 14 French Open titles, the most by any player, male or female. Between 2010 and 2014, he won five back-to-back titles. It could be easily said that the beginning of the new millennium was dominated by him in the clay court. 

Bjorn Borg (Sweden) 

The distant second in the open era is Swedish player Bjorn Borg who has won six titles.

Bjorn Borg won four back-to-back titles between 1978 and 1981. Borg is widely considered one of the all-time greats of the sport. He was ranked by Tennis magazine as the sixth-greatest male player of the Open Era. 

He won his first French Open title in 1974. He was barely 18 years old when he became the youngest-ever male French Open champion. 

Mats Wilander (Sweden) 

Players Who Won Most Number Of French Open Titles

The Swedish player won three titles three times in 1982, 1985, and 1988 in the Open era. He rose to sudden fame when he won the 1982 French Open at the age of 17. 

In 1988, Wilander faced another home crowd favorite, Henri Leconte, in the French Open final. Wilander won in straight sets, missing only two out of 73 first serves in the entire match.  

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Ivan Lendl (Czechoslovakia) 

Ivan Lendl has won three open era French titles in 1984, 1986 and 1987. He reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open in 1981, where he lost in five sets to Björn Borg. His maiden Grand Slam title came at the 1984 French Open, where he beat McEnroe in a long-drawn final. Down two sets to love, and trailing 4–2 in the third set, Lendl came back to claim the title 3–6, 2–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5. The Czech lost in the final of the 1985 French Open to Mats Wilander. 

Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) 

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Gustavo Kuerten emerged as the champion in Paris three times in 1997, 2000 and 2001. There was immense pressure on him to become an “ambassador” for tennis back home in Brazil. Kuerten was unable to hold the pressure that was evident after his early defeat against Marat Safin in the 1998 French Open. 

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Like many South American players, his favorite court surface was clay. He won all his three Grand Slam titles at the French Open, on the red clay courts of Roland Garros.  

He won these titles in 1997, 2000 and 2001. In every one of the three French Open victories he defeated Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the quarterfinals and two top 10 players on his way to the title. 

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 

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Novak Djokovic won his three titles in 2016, 2021, 2023. The 2016 victory was where he completed his first Career Grand Slam and a non-calendar year Grand Slam. He set the record for most men’s singles majors won in history 

Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in the final, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4 to win the men’s singles tennis title at the 2016 French Open. It was his first title and twelfth major title overall. He became the first man after Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles simultaneously and the first man in history to do so on three different surfaces.

 

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