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xxii asked in SportsTennis · 2 months ago

Why does the French Open have two names:  French Open and Roland Garros ?

6 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Many sporting events are known by the global media by names that differ from their "official" native titles.  The best-known example of this is probably The Open Championships in Britain....which is known as "The British Open" around the world.

    The official French language name for the tennis event is "Internationaux de France de Tennis."  "The French Open" is the name used by the foreign and English-speaking media.

    "Roland-Garros" is used in France and the French-speaking media as the "shorthand" version of the event, in much the same way that the race known as "24 Heures du Mans" is commonly known as "Le Mans."

    Fun fact:  The venue is named after a person named "Roland Garros"...but French language rules specify that event names based on a person's name be hyphenated.  "Roland Garros" can therefore refer to the person or the venue, but "Roland-Garros" refers specifically to the event itself.

  • 1 month ago

    aus open is called 'down under' and the us pen is called  'los mess' as well as 'flushing meadows'

  • Rita
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    (The stadium and tournament are both hyphenated as Roland-Garros because French spelling rules dictate that in the name of a place or event named after a person, the elements of the name are joined together with a hyphen.)

    Venue: Societé de Sport de Île de Puteaux, at ...

    Surface: Sand – outdoors (1891–1907); Clay – ...

  • 2 months ago

    It's named Roland Garros after the stadium where it's played.

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  • Mike L
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Roland Garros is the place, the French Open is the tournament. 

  • David
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Roland Garros is the name of the stadium, not the tournament.

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