Novak Djokovic wins French Open final

Novak Djokovic made history as he defeated Casper Ruud 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, 6-5 in the 2023 French Open final. He has now reached 23 Grand Slam titles to pass Rafael Nadal for the men’s record.

Djokovic is now the only man in tennis history to win all four Grand Slams at least three times. He is also officially tied with Serena Williams with 23 major titles. The overall record of 24 titles — men’s and women’s — still belongs to Margaret Court.


The French Open is played on clay, which owes its red colour to the crushed brick which forms the upper layer of the surface. There are three layers in all – one of limestone, one of clinker, and one of stone – as well as drainage pipes. Clay is the slowest of surfaces. Along with the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, the French Open is one of the four historic tennis tournaments which make up the legendary Grand Slam.

The four tournaments all being played on different surfaces: Plexi cushion in Australia, clay at Roland Garros, grass at Wimbledon, and Decoturf at the US Open. The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open are the four Grand Slam tournaments. The Grand Slam itinerary consists of the Australian Open in mid-January, the French Open in May/June, Wimbledon in June/July, and the US Open in August/September.


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