2005 French Open

The 2005 French Open was the 109th edition of the tournament. Rafael Nadal, seeded fourth at his first French Open (but was actually ranked World No. 5 at the time after then-World No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt withdrew from the tournament due to injury),[1] was a strong favorite to win the men's title after winning the Monte Carlo and Rome Masters, with Guillermo Coria, a 2004 finalist and 2005 runner-up to Nadal in both Monaco and Rome, calling Nadal the best clay-court player in the world prior to the tournament. After defeating top seed Roger Federer in the semi-finals, Nadal defeated Argentina's Mariano Puerta to claim his first French Open title, and the first of four won consecutively from 2005 until 2008. Nadal would go on to win the tournament a record twelve times.[2]

2005 French Open
Date23 May – 5 June
CategoryGrand Slam (ITF)
LocationParis (XVIe), France
VenueStade Roland Garros
Men's Singles
Rafael Nadal
Women's Singles
Justine Henin-Hardenne
Men's Doubles
Jonas Björkman / Max Mirnyi
Women's Doubles
Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
Mixed Doubles
Fabrice Santoro / Daniela Hantuchová
Boys' Singles
Marin Čilić
Girls' Singles
Ágnes Szávay
Boys' Doubles
Emiliano Massa / Leonardo Mayer
Girls' Doubles
Victoria Azarenka / Ágnes Szávay

In the women's draw, Justine Henin-Hardenne won her second French Open title, defeating 2000 champion Mary Pierce in the final in just 62 minutes.[3] 2005 marked the first of three consecutive years in which Justine Henin would win the Women's Singles title.

Gastón Gaudio and Anastasia Myskina were unsuccessful in defending their 2004 titles, Gaudio losing in the fourth round and Myskina being upset in the first round. This tournament was also notable for the rise of future French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, who upset the 3rd seed Amélie Mauresmo in the third round,[4] before going on to defeat another future champion in Francesca Schiavone on her way to her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance in what was just her second Grand Slam tournament.[5]


Men's singles

Rafael Nadal defeated Mariano Puerta, 6–7(6–8), 6–3, 6–1, 7–5

  • It was Nadal's 6th title of the year, and his 7th overall. It was his 1st career Grand Slam title.

Women's singles

Justine Henin-Hardenne[6] defeated Mary Pierce, 6–1, 6–1

  • It was Henin-Hardenne's 4th title of the year, and her 23rd overall. It was her 4th career Grand Slam title, and her 2nd French Open title.

Men's doubles

Jonas Björkman / Max Mirnyi defeated Mike Bryan / Bob Bryan, 2–6, 6–1, 6–4

Women's doubles

Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez defeated Cara Black / Liezel Huber, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3

Mixed doubles

Daniela Hantuchová / Fabrice Santoro defeated Martina Navratilova / Leander Paes, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2


Boys' singles

Marin Čilić defeated Antal Van Der Duim, 6–3, 6–1

Girls' singles

Ágnes Szávay defeated Raluca-Ioana Olaru, 6–2, 6–1

Boys' doubles

Emiliano Massa / Leonardo Mayer defeated Sergey Bubka / Jérémy Chardy, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4

Girls' doubles

Victoria Azarenka / Ágnes Szávay defeated Raluca-Ioana Olaru / Amina Rakhim, 4–6, 6–4, 6–0

Top 5 Seeds

Men's Singles
1.Roger Federer (  Switzerland)lost to[4] Rafael Nadal ( Spain)Semi-final
2.Andy Roddick ( United States)lost toJosé Acasuso ( Argentina)2nd round
3.Marat Safin ( Russia)lost to[15] Tommy Robredo ( Spain)4th round
4.Rafael Nadal ( Spain)defeatedMariano Puerta ( Argentina)Champion
5.Gastón Gaudio ( Argentina)lost to[20] David Ferrer ( Spain)4th round
Women's Singles
1.Lindsay Davenport ( United States)lost to[21] Mary Pierce ( France)Quarterfinal
2.Maria Sharapova ( Russia)lost to[10] Justine Henin-Hardenne ( Belgium)Quarterfinal
3.Amélie Mauresmo ( France)lost to[29] Ana Ivanovic ( Serbia and Montenegro)3rd round
4.Elena Dementieva ( Russia)lost to[16] Elena Likhovtseva ( Russia)4th round
5.Anastasia Myskina ( Russia)lost toMaría Sánchez Lorenzo ( Spain)1st round

Wildcard entries

Below are the lists of the wildcard awardees entering in the main draws.

Qualifier entries


Official videogame

An official videogame for the tournament, Roland Garros 2005: Powered by Smash Court Tennis, was launched exclusively for the PlayStation 2 platform. The game, which is an updated version of Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2, featured 15 licensed players and 4 official courts of the tournament: Court Philippe Chatrier, Court Suzanne Lenglen, Court 1 and Court 2.[7]


  1. Rib keeps Hewitt out of the French Open - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  2. BBC SPORT | Tennis | Tearful Pierce rues poor display
  3. "Serbian starlet shocks Mauresmo". BBC News. 28 May 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  4. "Brave Henin-Hardenne battles on". BBC News. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  5. Henin-Hardenne became only the second French Open women's singles winner after saving match points en route to the title. In 2004 Myskina did the same.
    Both saved match points against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round.
  6. "PlayStation - Games - Roland Garros 2005: Powered by Smash Court Tennis". PlayStation. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
Preceded by
2005 Australian Open
Grand Slams Succeeded by
2005 Wimbledon Championships
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