The second grand slam of the year in Paris at Roland Garros has always been known for its long rallies on the slow clay courts.
This was especially the case up until the 1990’s prior to the tennis equipment changing from wooden and metal rackets to lighter graphite frames with bigger sweet spots . In addition, tennis balls have improved, with harder balls bouncing faster.
The longest rally involved two of the sport’s great players in the 1978 men’s final. Six-time Roland Garros and five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg of Sweden won a remarkable 86-shot rally lasting two minutes, 25 seconds against clay-court specialist and four-time grand slam winner Guillermo Vilas of Argentina.
Vilas was also involved in another big rally in 1982 against Borg’s countryman Mats Wilander in the final, a 68-shot rally, but this time around he won the point.
Roland Garros 2016 is in its early stages, but defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Lukas Rosol put together a n umber of sublime shots during this rally in their opening match on Monday.
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