Founded in 1891, the French Open stands apart with its clay court, the city of France, and the Roland Garros venue. The French Open is the second of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year. It is the only Grand Slam event that is played on clay. With its slower playing surface and the best of five men's singles matches, it is the most physically demanding tournament of any kind held each year. For this season, the French Open is scheduled for May 23, 2021, through June 6, 2021.
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The US Open is the final of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year. Usually, the US Open annually takes place between late August and early September. Founded in 1881, the US Open is one of the best-attended tennis events held worldwide. It is also a significant television event with high ratings. This popularity means that the US Open has a relatively rich purse of over $53 million in prize money. The US Open consists of five championships: men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles. The tournament is played on the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's acrylic hard courts in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York City. This locale has been the home of the US Open since 1978.
Founded in 1905, the Australian Open is one of the four annual Grand Slam professional tennis tournaments. In fact, the Australian Open is the first Grand Slam event on the calendar each year. It is usually held in early winter, as was the case in February of 2021. The Grand Slam of tennis is the equivalent to major golf tournaments. In tennis, the Grand Slam events are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Grand Slam tennis events dwarf the other tournaments as far as TV viewership and betting handle. For many tennis fans, the Australian Open is the actual opening of the tennis season.
Established in 1877, The Championships, Wimbledon, is the most significant and historic tennis tradition. Last year the pandemic forced the cancellation of Wimbledon, but The Championships are set to return for 2021. For some fans, Wimbledon comes off as pretentious and uptight. The strict, all-white dress code for players is an irritant to such individuals. In like manner are time-honored traditions such as royal patronage, the indulgence of strawberries and cream, and Robinson's barley water.