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Four players vie for the No. 10 spot on our list, but their French Open stardom is so close that we opted to place them in a group, just outside the top nine.
Ivan Lendl: A three-time French Open champion, Lendl was also a runner-up twice. Playing in an era that also featured John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors make his accomplishments more impressive, but that crowd of big names also diluted his star power a bit.
Mats Wilander: Wilander also won three French Open titles and was a finalist two other times. What made him distinctive was that he won his first French Open title in 1982 at age 17 years, 9 months, becoming the youngest male to win a Grand Slam event in the Open Era. (Boris Becker and Michael Chang later beat that record, with Becker winning Wimbledon at age 17 years, 7 months in 1985 and Chang winning the 1989 French Open at age 17 years, 3 months.)
Gustavo Kuerten: Kuerten won three French Open titles, his first coming in 1997, when he was ranked just 66th in the world, adding to his appeal. Though he never made it past the quarterfinals of any other Grand Slam event, he became a star in France because of his success on clay and his on-court personality.
"He had special charisma," ESPN analyst Pam Shriver said in an ESPN.com article. "He had a style and substance about him that was natural. You wanted to embrace it immediately. He just had a lot of magical moments at the French Open."
A chronic hip problem that required surgery in 2002 and 2004 limited his success after winning the 2001 French Open title, according to an Associated Press story announcing his retirement.
Yannick Noah: Noah won just one French Open title and never got past the quarterfinals before or after. But he is the only Frenchman since 1946 to win the French Championships, and his run to the 1983 title made him a beloved star.
"I've never seen a player so in sync with the crowd," Mats Wilander, Noah's final-round victim, said of that 1983 title match, according to the rolandgarros.com website. "I didn’t realize just what it entailed, playing against Yannick in France."