1989 French Open
The 1989 French Open was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The tournament was held from 29 May until 11 June. It was the 93rd staging of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1989.
|1989 French Open|
|Date||29 May – 11 June|
|Category||Grand Slam (ITF)|
|Location||Paris (XVIe), France|
|Venue||Stade Roland Garros|
|Arantxa Sánchez Vicario|
|Jim Grabb / Patrick McEnroe|
|Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Natalia Zvereva|
|Manon Bollegraf / Tom Nijssen|
For the first time in French Open history the Singles championships were won by two teenagers – Michael Chang (17 years, 3 months) and Arantxa Sánchez (17 years, 6 months). Chang still holds the record for youngest ever male Grand Slam singles title winner. He gained admirers for his audacious style of play and battling qualities. Sánchez broke the record for the youngest champion at Roland Garros, a record bettered the following year by Monica Seles (16 years, 6 months).
Sánchez's victory made her only the seventh woman to win a Grand Slam tournament in the 1980s; the others being Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf and Hana Mandlíková.
Steffi Graf's loss in the women's final was her only Grand Slam defeat in two years. She won eight of the nine Grand Slam tournaments from the 1988 Australian Open – 1990 Australian Open. This prevented her from completing a second consecutive Grand Slam and was her 9th Grand Slam final on her record run of 13 finals.
One notable débutant was Monica Seles, appearing in her first Grand Slam. She reached the semi-finals without being seeded, and aged only 15. Jennifer Capriati also made her presence felt, becoming the youngest winner (13 years, 2 months) of the girls' singles title – this record was broken in 1993 by Martina Hingis, aged 12.
- It was Chang's 1st title of the year, and his 2nd overall. It was his 1st (and only) career Grand Slam title.
- It was Sánchez Vicario's 2nd title of the year, and her 3rd overall. It was her 1st career Grand Slam title.
Total prize money for the event was $4,545,000.
- At the age of 17, Chang became the youngest-ever male Grand Slam singles title winner.
- Sánchez became the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.
- Capriati won the 2001 women's singles title.