Top 10 French Open moments


10. Gael Monfils 2009

We all love a diving forehand, especially when it helps win a point. Frenchman Gael Monfils got the home crowd excited with this great shot against Jurgen Melzer in the third round in 2009. He went on to win this match but lose to Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

9. Bjorn Borg 1974

There are lots of things that are great about this video: Bjorn Borg carefully arranging his terrible hair; that famous hairband; and the way he chucks his racket into the air with careless abandon after winning. It was the 17-year-old Borg's first French Open title, defeating Manuel Orantes in the final and setting the precedent for plenty more trophies.

8. Yannick Noah 1983

On an way to a career that saw him win 23 singles titles, Yannick Noah became the first Frenchman in 37 years (and the last to date) to take the title in Paris. He also won 16 doubles titles (or two-by-two if you will) before retiring in 1996.

7. Monica Seles 1990

At just 16 years and six months, Seles holds the record as the youngest woman to win the French Open, after she beat the much-fancied Steffi Graf 7-6 6-4 in 1990. She saved four set points in a classic first set tie-breaker and then went on to win in 1991 and 1992. Boof!

6. John McEnroe 1984

If George Orwell could have re-written his classic novel 1984, he'd have probably predicted it would be the year of John McEnroe instead of a dictatorial, secret police state taking over the world. But kind of like the bit at the end where the rats eat the man's face off, Johnny Mac lost it after being two sets up to Ivan Lendl; unravelling after being distracted by noise coming from the headset of a cameraman. So not really like the rat face thing at all.

5. Chris Evert 1985

Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova were a veritable Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed: fierce rivals on the court, best of friends off it. The 1985 final was their Rocky V. (No wait, Apollo Creed was dead by then.) Anyway, in a ding-dong battle, Evert clawed back from 0-40 down at 5-5 in the final set to win. Hollywood stuff.

4. Jim Courier 1991

Back in the days when Andre Agassi looked like Pat Sharpe, the American lost an epic battle to fellow Bollettieri Academy graduate Jim Courier in a match that swung both ways more often than a bipolar monkey. Courier eventually took the crown after coming back in the second and fourth, going on to win the fifth set 6-4. Phew!

3. Rafael Nadal 2011

The "King of Clay" etched himself into the record books with his sixth French Open victory last year, matching one Bjorn Borg, after an epic final win over Roger Federer. It was his sixth French Open title in seven years. And he's only 25. Yikes!

2. Martina Hingis 1999

One of the game's most famous meltdowns took place at the French Open in 1999 when 18-year-old Martina Hingis faced Steffi Graf. Just three games away from victory, Hingis lost the plot. Crossing the net to inspect a dodgy call, serving underarm and then running from the court in tears at the end, she only returned for the trophy ceremony after being convinced by her mother (who she then dumped as her coach). Talk about a problem child.

1. Michael Chang 1989

The 17-year-old Chang became the youngest male winner of the French Open (a record he still holds) after defeating 'Ice Man' Ivan Lendl, thanks to some bizarre tactics which included serving underarm and standing close to the service line. A baffled Lendle produced a host of unforced errors and lost in the fifth set.