Are you ready to play some tennis? This summer will kick off with the Grand Slam 2013 tour, with events like Wimbledon, The French Open, and The US Open. Guys like Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal will be competing in these three events, along with some of the ladies, such as Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams. The French Open kicks off first at Roland Garros Arena in Paris, FR, and will be held from May 26 to June 9. Last year’s winner in the men’s column was Rafael Nadal, and in the women’s column it was Maria Sharapova.
All of the events will be played on a different type of surface. The French Open will be played on a clay surface, which is probably the hardest court to play on because the ball bounces more softly. Next is Wimbledon, which is known for its grass surface. Last but not least, which is probably the biggest event out of them all is the US Open, which is played on a hard surface. The last person to sweep the Grand Slam tour for the mens was Rod Laver in 1969. Guys like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have come very close, but have never completed the sweep. Novak Djokovic has already won the 1st event of the Australian Open and hopes to win the next three. For the women, the last person to sweep was Steffi Graf in 1988, but women like Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Maria Sharapova have all come close. Victoria Azarenka has already taken the Australian Open for the ladies and hopes to try and complete the sweep. Get ready for the French Open to begin on May 26, 2013, and prepare for exciting matches this summer.