French Open, Paris, May 25-June 8

On those quirky and slow clay courts, the French Open is the Russian winter of Grand Slam events. Some of the sport's heavy hitters — Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Boris Becker — never won the title here. The slower, more deliberate play rewards fans with exciting long volleys. Oh, and the city where it is held isn't too shabby either. Info: Pictured: The scene outside the French Open's Roland Garros stadium before the 2009 men's final.
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