Rafael Nadal and Back-to-Back French Open Winners (Men and Women)

Rafel Nadal Won His Unprecented Fifth French Open In A Row Yesterday

Rafel Nadal Won His Unprecedented Fifth French Open In A Row Yesterday

Rafael Nadal is not just arguably – he is – the greatest French Open player of all time. He cemented his legacy just yesterday with his ninth title and an astounding fifth in a row (not done since even before the Open era – that’s since 1891*).

And that’s not all. Nadal also won four back-to-back before this streak. Talk about a master of clay. How about THE Master of Clay.

Nadal’s two streaks were broken up in 2009 by another master (though surely not one of clay), Roger Federer.

Another Swede, the great Bjorn Borg, won four in a row himself.

Finishing off the men’s side are six basic back-to-backers. Borg appears again here.

What about the fairer group – the ladies?

Five have been repeat winners, with Monica Seles and Justine Henin at the top – each won three in a row.

Then, there’s old timer Margaret Court, who also played (and won twice) before the Roland Garros’ tournament became “Open”* in 1968.

American Chris Evert (Chris Evert-Lloyd at the time) pulled off three back-to-backers, while Germany’s Steffi Graf did it twice.

BACK-TO-BACK FRENCH OPEN WINNERS – MEN

FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION COUNTRY TITLES IN A ROW YEARS RUNNERS-UP COUNTRY
1. Rafael Nadal Spain 5 2010 Robin Söderling Sweden
2011 Roger Federer Switzerland
2012 Novak Djokovic Serbia
2013 David Ferrer Spain
2014 Novak Djokovic Serbia
2. Björn Borg Sweden 4 1978 Guillermo Vilas Argentina
1979 Víctor Pecci Paraguay
1980 Vitas Gerulaitis USA
1981 Ivan Lendl Czechoslovakia
2. Rafael Nadal Spain 4 2005 Mariano Puerta Argentina
2006 Roger Federer Switzerland
2007 Roger Federer Switzerland
2008 Roger Federer Switzerland
4. Jan Kodeš Czechoslovakia 2 1970 Željko Franulovic’ Yugoslavia
1971 Ilie Nastase Romania
4. Björn Borg Sweden 2 1974 Manuel Orantes Spain
1975 Guillermo Vilas Argentina
4. Ivan Lendl Czechoslovakia 2 1986 Mikael Pernfors Sweden
1987 Mats Wilander Sweden
4. Jim Courier USA 2 1991 Andre Agassi USA
1992 Petr Korda Czechoslovakia
4. Sergi Bruguera Spain 2 1993 Jim Courier USA
1994 Alberto Berasategui Spain
4. Gustavo Kuerten Brazil 2 2000 Magnus Norman Sweden
2001 Àlex Corretja Spain

BACK-TO-BACK FRENCH OPEN WINNERS – WOMEN

FRENCH OPEN CHAMPION COUNTRY TITLES IN A ROW YEARS RUNNERS-UP COUNTRY
1. Monica Seles Yugoslavia 3 1990 Steffi Graf West Germany
1991 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain
1992 Steffi Graf Germany
1. Justine Henin Belgium 3 2005 Mary Pierce France
2006 Svetlana Kuznetsova Russia
2007 Ana Ivanovic Serbia
3. Margaret Court Australia 2 1969 Ann Haydon Jones Great Britain
1970 Helga Niessen Masthoff West Germany
3. Chris Evert USA 2 1974 Olga Morozova Soviet Union
1975 Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia
3. Chris Evert USA 2 1979 Wendy Turnbull Australia
1980 Virginia Ruzici Romania
3. Chris Evert USA 2 1985 Martina Navratilova USA
1986 Martina Navratilova USA
3. Steffi Graf West Germany 2 1987 Martina Navratilova USA
  1988 Natasha Zvereva Soviet Union
3. Steffi Graf Germany 2 1995 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain
  1996 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain

* This tennis tournament at Roland Garros in France has been played since 1891 (men) and 1897 (women). It was open only to amateurs through 1967. In 1968, professionals were invited to play. The stats above reflect the “Open” era between 1968 and the present.

Photo: washingtonpost.com

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