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The best of French Open in pictures...

June 06, 2016 14:11 IST

After two weeks of intriguing tennis where the world’s best fought hard to assert their dominance on clay, we have the champions.

While the French Open organisers were accused of "not caring about the players" after the event was disrupted by rain, the tournament gained momentum as it progressed. 

Rediff.com encapsulates the best moments from Paris.

Novak Djokovic

IMAGE: In 2001, after winning his third Paris title, Gustavo  Kuerten drew a heart on the court with his racket and fell backwards inside. Novak Djokovic did the same on Sunday, having sought permission from the Brazilian. "He asked me for permission... He said if I win can I do it? I said of course," Kuerten told reporters. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

Garbine Muguruza

IMAGE:Garbine Muguruza achieved the rare feat of overpowering world Serena Williams to claim her maiden Grand Slam title with a 7-5, 6-4 win over the world number one and defending champion in the French Open final on Saturday. Photograph: Corinne Dubreuil/Reuters.

Serena Williams

IMAGE: The real Serena Williams finally turned up at the French Open on Saturday in pursuit of a 22nd Grand Slam singles title but it was to no avail as she lost to a tenacious opponent who beat her at her own power game. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.

Kiki Bertens

IMAGE: Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands v Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland - Paris, France - 2/06/16. Kiki Bertens reacts at the end of her match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters.

Yulia

IMAGE: Yulia Putintseva in action against Serena Williams. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters.

Leander Paes

IMAGE: Leander Paes and Martina Hingis beat Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig to win the French Open mixed doubles final at Roland Garros on Friday. 42-year-old Paes has now completed a Career Slam in mixed doubles. It was Paes’s 10th mixed doubles title and 18th Grand Slam title overall. Despite being the oldest player on court, Paes's alertness and presence of mind made the difference to the outcome of the match. He converted every little opportunity into points. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

Leonardo Di Caprio

IMAGE: Actor Leonardo Di Caprio, centre, attends the men's singles final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images.

Hilary Swank

IMAGE: Actress Hilary Swank watches the ladies singles final match between Serena Williams of the United States and Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

French Open

IMAGE: Fans spent more time looking at the murky Parisian sky than watching tennis as French Open organisers were accused of "not caring about the players" after the event was disrupted by more rain following the previous day's washout. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images.

French Open

IMAGE: Spectators take shelter under an umbrella during heavy rain falls on Central court at Roland Garros. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters.

Novak Djokovic

IMAGE:Novak Djokovic, right, celebrates victory with a ball boy after winning his quarter-final match against Tomas Berdych. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images.
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