1989 French Open
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1989 French Open

The 1989 French Open was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The tournament was held from 29 May until 11 June. It was the 93rd staging of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1989.

For the first time in French Open history the Singles championships were won by two teenagers - Michael Chang (17 years, 3 months) and Arantxa Sánchez (17 years, 6 months). Chang still holds the record for youngest ever male Grand Slam singles title winner. He gained admirers for his audacious style of play and battling qualities. Sánchez broke the record for the youngest champion at Roland Garros, a record bettered the following year by Monica Seles (16 years, 6 months).

Sánchez's victory made her only the seventh woman to win a Grand Slam tournament in the 1980s; the others being Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Evonne Goolagong, Steffi Graf and Hana Mandlíková.

Steffi Graf's loss in the women's final was her only Grand Slam defeat in two years. She won eight of the nine Grand Slam tournaments from the 1988 Australian Open - 1990 Australian Open. This prevented her from completing a second consecutive Grand Slam and was her 9th Grand Slam final on her record run of 13 finals.

One notable débutant was Monica Seles, appearing in her first Grand Slam. She reached the semi-finals without being seeded, and aged only 15. Jennifer Capriati also made her presence felt, becoming the youngest winner (13 years, 2 months) of the girls' singles title - this record was broken in 1993 by Martina Hingis, aged 12.


Men's singles

United States Michael Chang[a] defeated Sweden Stefan Edberg, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

  • It was Chang's 1st title of the year, and his 2nd overall. It was his 1st (and only) career Grand Slam title.

Women's singles

Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario[b] defeated West Germany Steffi Graf, 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 7-5

  • It was Sánchez Vicario's 2nd title of the year, and her 3rd overall. It was her 1st career Grand Slam title.

Men's doubles

United States Jim Grabb / United States Patrick McEnroe defeated Iran Mansour Bahrami / France Eric Winogradsky, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-5)

Women's doubles

Soviet Union Larisa Savchenko Neiland / Soviet Union Natalia Zvereva defeated West Germany Steffi Graf / Argentina Gabriela Sabatini, 6-4, 6-4

Mixed doubles

Netherlands Manon Bollegraf / Netherlands Tom Nijssen defeated Argentina Horacio de la Peña / Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2


Boys' singles

France Fabrice Santoro defeated United States Jared Palmer, 6-3, 3-6, 9-7

Girls' singles

United States Jennifer Capriati[c] defeated Czechoslovakia Eva ?víglerová, 6-4, 6-0

Boys' doubles

Australia Johan Anderson / Australia Todd Woodbridge

Girls' doubles

Australia Nicole Pratt / Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting

Prize money

Event W F SF QF 4R 3R 2R 1R
Singles [1] Men $291,752 $145,876 $72,938 $36,955 $19,450 $10,892 $6,421 $3,913
Women $257,379 $128,690 $64,345 $32,601 $17,158 $9,610 $5,664 $3,452

Total prize money for the event was $4,545,000.


  1. ^ At the age of 17, Chang became the youngest-ever male Grand Slam singles title winner.
  2. ^ Sánchez became the first Spanish woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.
  3. ^ Capriati won the 2001 women's singles title.


  1. ^ John Barrett, ed. (1990). World of Tennis 1990. London: Willow Books. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-00-218355-0.

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1989 Australian Open
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