Ranking the Greatest Stars in French Open History

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Ranking the Greatest Stars in French Open History
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Rafael Nadal

With Rafael Nadal in position to capture his eighth French Open singles title, it's worthwhile to debate where he ranks among the greatest French Open stars in history.

The debate starts with defining the term "star."  Winning titles is the most important ingredient in achieving stardom, but it's not the only one. A player's fame, popularity and other intangible qualities also affect French Open star power.

Our list includes only players who participated in the French Open. In other words, it does not consider players who played only in the French Championships before the start of the Open Era in 1968. 

That eliminates Suzanne Lenglen, Rene LaCoste and Henri Cochet, three popular French players of the 1920s who would have made the list if all French Championships were considered.

Instead we list the nine greatest stars of the French Open, with the 10th spot reserved for four players who barely missed the cut, but deserve mention.

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