TENNIS | FRENCH OPEN

Remember Gaudio and Myskina?

It’s been two decades since they emerged as the two unlikely champions in their respective categories at Roland Garros

Vickey Maverick.
The Press Box
Published in
5 min readJun 7, 2024

--

Gastón Gaudio [Photo: The original uploader was Jonathan71 at French Wikipedia] Anastasia Myskina [Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

The better players do not necessarily win. The deemed favorites do not always lift the trophy. Every historic tournament has a tendency to throw up an unlikely champion every once in a while.

There were two of them in the 2004 French Open.

When the tournament commenced, few would have imagined Gastón Gaudio and Anastasia Myskina to emerge as the champions. Two decades have passed since, and save for a few hardcore tennis buffs, few will have an instant recollection of the two names mentioned. Suffice to say, it comes as no surprise as neither of them managed to build on their success in Paris.

Myskina made history

Coming into the 2004 French Open, Myskina had featured in 16 other Grand Slam tournaments, and failed to get past the last eight stages in any of them. She had a few trophies to her credit, and had managed to break into the top five in the WTA rankings, but was yet to be considered among the favorites to win a Grand Slam trophy.

--

--

Vickey Maverick.
The Press Box

Ditch the Niche: Focused on providing insightful narratives on diverse topics like culture, health, history, slice of life, sports, travel, work, and on writing