Remarks on event:
From 1890 until 1924 a French National event was held. This was open to French nationals only, though a couple of the finalists appear to be British. Apparently foreigners could enter if they belonged to a French Club. The women's event didn't get started until 1897. It was not a success, as entries were so limited that a couple of times the winner did not have to play a match!
From 1912 a major event was held in Paris, with the exception of one year in Brussels.
The "World Hard Court Championships" was the official World title on clay. Hard courts was the British term for clay, modern hard cement courts as we know them today being limited to California and South Africa.
The World Hard Courts were the forerunner for the French Open. When the ITF admitted the US in 1923 it was demanded that the "World" titles be dropped. The French decided to let the 1924 Olympics in Paris replace the Hard Court title for that year. After that the way was clear for what is now know as "the French Open".
Many thanks to Newmark for his work on the pre-war French Nationals. This may be found at:https://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=443328
Last edited by Rollo; Jan 2nd, 2016 at 01:24 PM.