Tough to be French at the French Open
It's been 24 years since a Frenchman won the French Open. Barring some major upsets in the next two weeks, that drought likely is going to continue for at least one more year, writes Greg Garber.
PARIS -- Pressure exists in all forms of athletics, but it is particularly acute in individual sports. When an athlete performing at home carries the hopes of a nation in an event of global proportion, well, that can be lethal.
Sure, England's Tim Henman is 0-for-13 at Wimbledon and Australia's Lleyton Hewitt is 0-for-10 at the Australian Open, but the pressure here at Roland Garros is hard to imagine.
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2007 FRENCH OPEN
May 27-June 10
Women: Justine Henin
Men: Rafael Nadal
• Henin wins third straight title
• DeSimone: Henin's personal journey
• Garber: Third set hard to come by in final
• Top 10 facts about Henin
• Federer-Nadal daily watch
• Making the case for Rafa, Roger
• It's Federer vs. Nadal in French Open final
• Garber: Another record for Roger
• DeSimone: Rafa rolling toward third final
• DeSimone: Ivanovic coach-free for final
• Who will win women's final?