French Open

Rafael Nadal is quick, particularly on clay, but even the Spaniard and six-time French Open champion isnít quick enough to hit 18 balls at once. Nadal was reproduced as a wax model in Regents Park in London. The 10-time major champion will play for a record seventh at Roland Garros. Enlarge photo

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Rafael Nadal is quick, particularly on clay, but even the Spaniard and six-time French Open champion isnít quick enough to hit 18 balls at once. Nadal was reproduced as a wax model in Regents Park in London. The 10-time major champion will play for a record seventh at Roland Garros.

PARIS Ė A look at the French Open, this yearís second Grand Slam tennis tournament:

Site: Roland Garros in Paris.

Surface: Clay.

Schedule: The 15-day tournament will begin Sunday. The womenís singles final is June 9; the menís singles final is June 10.

2011 Menís Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain.

2011 Womenís Singles Champion: Li Na of China.

Last Year: Nadal beat Roger Federer of Switzerland 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 for his sixth French Open championship and 10th Grand Slam title overall. Federer had defeated Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, ending the Serbís unbeaten start to the season. It remains Djokovicís only loss in the last five Grand Slam tournaments. Li became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam singles title by defeating defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-4, 7-6 (0).

Key Statistic I: 45-1 Ė Nadalís career record at the French Open. He will be trying to become the first man to win the clay tournament seven times; he shares the record with Bjorn Borg.

Key Statistic II: 43 Ė The number of years since a man won four consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, a feat Djokovic will be attempting to complete at Roland Garros. In 1969, Rod Laver won a calendar-year Grand Slam, one of only three in history (Laver also did it in 1962, and Don Budge did it in 1938).

Prize Money: Total is (euro) 18.7 million (about $23.5 million), with (euro) 1.25 million (about $1.6 million) each to the menís and womenís singles champions.

Associated Press