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Tennis is a sport played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players each (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a ball, a hollow rubber sphere covered in felt, over a net into the opponent's court. Tennis used to be called lawn tennis to distinguish it from its predecessor real tennis (also known as royal tennis, court tennis or jeu de paume), a form of the game played indoors on a different kind of a court. Originating in England in the late 19th century, the game spread first throughout the English-speaking world, particularly among the upper classes. Tennis is played in the Summer Olympic Games and at all levels of society, by individuals of all ages many countries around the world. Its rules have remained largely unchanged since the 1890s. Along with its millions of players, tennis claims millions of people who follow the sport as spectators, being particularly interested in the four Grand Slam tournaments.


Upcoming tournaments in September

Week Month Tour Points Tournament Surface Town Country
39 September ATP 250 Open de Moselle Hard (i) Metz France
40 September ATP 250 Shenzhen Open Hard (i) Shenzhen China

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The French Open (French: Les Internationaux de France de Roland Garros or Tournoi de Roland-Garros) is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between mid-May and early June in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. It is the second of the Grand Slam tournaments on the annual tennis calendar and the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world. It is one of the most prestigious events in tennis, and it has the widest worldwide broadcasting and audience of all events in this sport. Because of the slow playing surface and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, some say that the event is considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.

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James Blake, Miami, Florida, 2007
James Blake (born December 28, 1979, in Yonkers, New York, United States) is an American former professional tennis player. Blake is known for his speed and powerful forehands. In 2006 he reached the final of the Tennis Masters Cup but lost to World No. 1 Roger Federer in three sets. On July 3, 2007, Blake's book, Breaking Back: How I lost everything and won back my life, discussing his comeback after his unlucky 2004 season, was released and debuted at #22 on The New York Times Best Seller list. He wrote this book along with Andrew Friedman.

Blake was born in Yonkers, New York, to African-American father Tommy Sr. and White British mother Betty. He has a brother, Thomas Jr., who is also a professional tennis player, and three older half-brothers, Jason, Christopher and Howard, and a half-sister, Michelle.

Blake started playing tennis at age five alongside his brother Thomas. When 13, he was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and for five years as a teenager, he was forced to wear a full-length back brace for 18 hours a day, though not while playing tennis. Blake attended Fairfield Warde High School (then called Fairfield High School), in Fairfield, Connecticut. A schoolmate was future musician John Mayer. Blake was inspired to pursue tennis after hearing his role model, Arthur Ashe, speak to the Harlem Junior Tennis Program. Brian Barker was his first (and current) coach. He dropped out of Harvard University after his sophomore year to pursue a career in professional tennis.

Blake announced his retirement from tennis after competing at the 2013 US Open.

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  • 5 June 2016 – Novak Djokovic wins the 12th Grand Slam title of his career and achieves a Career Grand slam by defeating world No. 2 Andy Murray in the 2016 French Open in four sets, 3–6, 6–1, 6–2, 6–4. Djokovic became the 8th player in history and 4th player in open era (since 1968) to complete a Career Grand Slam, and the second player in the open era to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.


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