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The 2022 French Open wrapped up last Sunday, marking the end of the 126th edition of the event. As one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, the French Open is one of the most important events in tennis and sports as a whole. Read on below for a recap on everything that happened at one of the premier events in tennis.
As always, the French Open this year was held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The event began on May 22 and, as usual, ran for two weeks, consisting of a tournament in each of five categories: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles.
The French Open is the most famous clay court tennis tournament in the world and the only one of the Grand Slam tournaments that takes place on a clay court. The properties of the court make it arguably the most physically challenging of the Grand Slam tournaments, and one of the most respected athletic events in the world.
Coming as no surprise to anyone, Rafael Nadal won the championship in the men’s singles category, earning his 14th French Open title. His final game of the tournament was against Norwegian Casper Ruud, who he beat 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. With this win, the 36-year-old set a new record for the oldest person to win the French Open.
As for the men’s doubles category, this year’s title was won by Marcelo Arévalo and Jean-Julien Rojer. This was the first French Open title that either of them had won, although Rojer has also won Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open. This was their first major title as a team and their third overall title earned together.
The women’s singles category was won by Iga Świątek, who is also currently ranked No. 1 in the world by the Women’s Tennis Association. This was Świątek’s second French Open win, following her win in the 2020 open that made her the youngest person to win a singles title at the French Open since Ralph Nader in 2005.
The winners in the women’s doubles tournament this year were Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, both from France. Garcia has won two Grand Slam championships in her career, and Mladenovic has won nine. This was Garcia and Mladenovic’s second French Open title as a team, as they won back in 2016 as well.
This year’s mixed doubles category was won by Japanese Ena Shibahara and Dutch Wesley Koolhof. This was the first Grand Slam title won by either Shibahara or Koolhof. They won their final match against Ulrikke Eikeri and Joran Vliegen, with a score of 7–6(7–5), 6–2.
The defending mixed doubles champions were Desirae Krawczyk and Joe Salisbury, but Salisbury chose not to defend his title and compete in the tournament. Krawczyk entered the tournament with Neal Skupski as her partner, but they were knocked out of the tournament by Eikeri and Vliegen in the quarterfinals.