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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. Why they were allowed to enter is as yet unclear. 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 Cahmpionships" 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 are listed here as they 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".

*See separate threads for:
- the World Indoor titles and history.
-the Olympic Games

*the "World Grass" title was held by Wimbledon. It dropped the word "Grass" from it's title but kept "the Championships".

There was also a French Open (in which foreigners could compete) BEFORE 1925. I will publish these results as I find them.
 

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1902

c. June 18-28, French Closed Championships, Paris, France (Clay)
Venue: Ile de Puteaux


Mixed Doubles

SF: Helene Prevost/R. Forbes d. Mme P. Girod/Fouchier-Magnan 6-3 6-2
SF: W. Masson/Adine Masson d. L. Schopfer/Jean Schopfer 6-8 7-5 7-5



* This was the inaugural mixed doubles event at the French Closed Championships. Several reliable sources gives the Forbes/Prevost team as the winners, but no score.
 

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1913
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World Hard Court Championships
At St. Cloud, Paris.


Draw=15


First round

Ida de Csery (Hun)/Craig Biddle (US)-bye
Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Max Decugis d. Marguerite Broquedis/William Laurentz default
Adine Masson/Paul Ayme d. Magda Aranyi/E. Chelli 6-1 6-3
Dora Koring (Ger)/Heinrich Kleinschroth (Ger) d. Marie Danet/Frederick S. Wilding (NZ) 6-3 6-0
Marie Amende (Ast)/Rolf Kinzel (Ast) d. Catalin de Csery (Hun)/Count Ludgwig von Salm (Ast) 8-6 6-2
Mieken Rieck(Ger)/Robert Kleinschroth(Ger) d. Frau Roechling(Ger)/Curt von Wessely(Ast) 4-6 7-5 2-1 retired
Marie Conquet/Albert Canet d. Anne de Borman (Bel)/Paul de Borman (Bel) 5-7 6-2 6-4
Germaine Golding/Anthony F. Wilding (NZ) d. Mrs R. Thomas (GB)/Friedrich W. Rahe (Ger) 9-7 6-3

Quarter-finals

Ryan/Decugis d Csery/Biddle 6-3 6-0
Koring/Kleinsroth d Masson/Ayme 6-1 6-1
Amende/Kinzel d Rieck/Kleinsroth 6-1 6-1
Golding/A. Wilding d Conquet/Canet 7-5 6-2

Semi-finals

Ryan/Decugis d Koring/Kleinsroth 7-5 6-4
Golding/A. Wilding d Amende/Kinzel 1-6 6-3 6-4

Final

Elizabeth Ryan (US)/Max Decugis d. Germaine Golding/Anthony F. Wilding default
 

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1914
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French Closed May 17 to 23. Held at the Racing Club, Paris.
*Holder Marguerite Broquedis "sits out" until Challenge Round.
Draw of 6.

First Round
Suzanne Lenglen bye

Semis
Lenglen d. Germaine Golding 6-2 7-5

All Comers Final
Lenglen d. Marie Conquet 6-4 6-2

Challenge Round
Marguerite Broquedis d. Lenglen 5-7 6-4 6-3
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Doubles

First Round
Golding/Lenglen d. Conquet/Fenwick default

Challenge Round
Blanche Amblard/Suzanne Amblard d. Golding/Lenglen 6-4 8-6
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Notes: At the age of merely 14 the sensational Suzanne Lenglen almost wins her nations title. She gives Broquedis a strern test in the final. Amazingly this will be Suzanne's last defeat until 1921, when she defaults in the US Nationals. In the doubles final the twin Amblard sisters retain their title.
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World Hard Court Championship
At St. Cloud, Paris. Starts second week in June.

FirstRound ?
Suzanne Lenglen d. Phyllis Satterwaithe(GB) 6-3 8-6


Quarters
Lenglen d. Anne de Borman(Bel) 6-2 6-3


Semis
Lenglen d. S. Amblard 6-2 4-6 6-3
Golding d.

Final
Lenglen d. Golding 6-2 6-1
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Doubles

Final
Lenglen/Ryan d. B. Amblard/S. Amblard 6-0 6-0

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Lenglen wins the world's second most important championship at the age of 15. "She was given a hard fight by Suzanne Amblard in the semifinal but her superior steadyness and volleying ability tipped the balance." In the final Golding tried to win with her lethal forehand 'but she usually faltered after" 3 or 4 shots.
It was hoped the prodigy would enter Wimbledon. Her father decided against it due to her age and lack of grass court play, for she had never entered a grass event. Within weeks World War One(the "Great War" at that time) had started. Suzanne would have to wait until 1919 to claim world supremacy.
 
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