The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held annually. Winning the French Open is a major goal for almost all professional tennis players.
These are the men tennis players who have won the French Open the most number of times since the Open Era began. The Open Era started in 1968, when the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (Australian Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, and French Open) allowed professional players to compete. Before 1968, only amateur tennis players could play in the Grand Slam events.
Prior to the Open Era, players who won the French Open multiple times include, Max Decugis (eight wins), Henry Cochet (five), Andre Vacherot (four), Paul Ayme (four), Maurice Germot (three), and Rene LaCoste (three). All six men were from France, and all six won their victories before 1933.
Tennis Players Who Have Won the French Open the Most Times (Men)
1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) – 7
Spaniard Rafael Nadal has won the French Open an Open Era record seven times so far in his career. Nadal won at Roland Garros consecutively from 2005 through 2008, and then again from 2010 through 2012.
Rafael Nadal has won each of the four Grand Slam tennis events at least once in his career, but he is best known for winning the French Open seven times so far in his great career.
2. Bjorn Borg (Sweden) – 6
When I was a kid back in the 1970s, Bjorn Borg was the best tennis player in the world. Borg played tennis the way I was taught to, he never beat himself. He would run all over the court like a machine, continually returning every shot his opponents hit to him, waiting for them to make a mistake.
Borg’s brand of tennis works on all surfaces, but it is especially good on clay courts, where the softer surface allows a player a little more time to track down a ball. Bjorn Borg’s six wins at the French Open are the second most since the Open Era began.
Bjorn Borg won the French Open in 1974 and 1975, and then consecutively from 1978 through 1981. Borg also won Wimbledon five times, for 11 career Grand Slam titles.
T-3. Mats Wilander (Sweden) – 3
Mats Wilander won the French Open in 1982, 1985, and 1988. Wilander also won the Australian Open three times, and the U.S. Open once, but he never won Wimbledon.
T-3. Ivan Lendl (Czech Republic) – 3
Ivan Lendl won the French Open in 1984, 1986, and 1987. Lendl also won the Australian Open twice, and the U.S. Open three times, but, like Mats Wilander, he never won Wimbledon.
My sister used to be a reporter for the Associated Press. She has interviewed Ivan Lendl a number of times, and always thought he was a great interview. He loved to talk about his daughters, he has five of them, and their golf games.
T-3. Gustavo Kuerton (Brazil) – 3
Brazilian Gustavo Kuerton won the French Open in 1997, 2000, and 2001. Those are the only three Grand Slam titles of his career. Gustavo Kuerton was clearly a clay court player. He never advanced past the quarterfinals at any of the other three Grand Slam events.
T-6. Sergi Bruguera (Spain) – 2
Sergi Bruguera won the French Open consecutively in 1993 and 1994, for the only two Grand Slam titles in his career. Bruguera was another clay court specialist, as he never advanced past the fourth round at any of the other Grand Slam events.
T-6. Jim Courier (USA) – 2
Jim Courier won the French Open consecutively in 1991 and 1992. Courier also won the Australian Open twice, for four career Grand Slam titles.
T-6. Jan Kodes (Czech Republic) – 2
Jan Kodes was the first player to win the French Open twice during the Open Era. Kodes won at Roland Garros consecutively in 1970 and 1971. Jan Kodes also won Wimbledon once, for three career Grand Slam titles.