The French Open is a wholly unique tournament in that its playing surface and the tournament’s position as the first Grand Slam event of the summer make it a challenge equally enormous for top players such as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as well as unseeded upstarts like Gaston Gaudio. To manage their game in these difficult conditions, players choose a variety of different sneakers in an attempt to keep themselves grounded while dashing around on the court’s slick clay while also keeping their legs fresh in what can be grueling five-set affairs. These are The Sneakers Worn for the 10 Past French Open Men’s Singles Champs.
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