The Open GDF SUEZ has established itself as one of the highlights of the women's international tennis circuit. Throughout its history all of the top players have taken part, and it has also been an excellent showcase for women's tennis in France.
A line-up full of stars
With three of the world's top 10 players, the 2014 Open GDF SUEZ is set to establish itself even further as one of the great women's tennis tournaments on the calendar.
- 26-year-old Maria Sharapova is currently No.3 in the world and has no fewer than 29 titles to her name, two of them coming this year. She last came to Coubertin in 2012, and is one of only eight women's players to have won all four Grand Slam tournaments. And the Russian will of course be going all out to win her first ever Open GDF SUEZ.
- Sara Errani was a relative unknown up until 2012 when she exploded onto the scene, making it all the way to the Roland Garros final before eventually coming off second-best against Sharapova. 2013 then saw her make the final here at Coubertin and in Dubai before she went one better and won the event in Acapulco. She and fellow Italian Roberta Vinci have also established themselves as one of the decade's top doubles teams, winning the French and US Opens in 2012 and the Australian Open in 2013.
- Angelique Kerber meanwhile was the star of the 2012 Open GDF SUEZ. The young German came into the tournament ranked No.27 in the world but knocked out Sharapova and Yanina Wickmayer before managing to hold off Marion Bartoli in an epic final which she won 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3. Since then she has firmly established herself in the top 10 and won the Linz tournament in Austria earlier this month, defeating Ana Ivanovic in the final.
A week full of entertainment
- "La Soirée d’Amélie"on Tuesday 28 January which will see the ever-popular tournament co-director invite stars from show-business and tennis to her now traditional gala event on centre court to raise money for the Institut Curie
- The first ever "Kids'day" on Wednesday 29 January with entertainment for younger visitors on and off court.
- "Ladies' day"on Thursday 30 January with a "buy one, get one free" offer for each ticket purchased provided that the second ticket is for a lady!