Having swept all before him in 1978, dropping only 32 games en route to the title – a Roland Garros record –Bjorn Borg immediately had a tougher time of things in 1979, despite (or maybe because of) his status as red-hot favourite. He dropped a set to Tomas Smid in the first round (6-1, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4) and then another in his next match against Tom Gullikson (6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4). His next two matches saw him step up his game and defeat Hans Gildemeister and Vitas Gerulaitis in straight sets.
In the final he came up against surprise package Victor Pecci. The Paraguayan with the diamond-stud earring and jet-black hair had won over the crowds throughout the fortnight with some sparkling tennis that saw him defeat Corrado Barazzutti, Harold Solomon, Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors. He was so good in fact that people were beginning to wonder whether his flamboyant style of play might prove too much for Borg… But it was not to be, despite some fierce resistance in the third and fourth sets which had the crowd on their feet, hoping for someone – anyone – to end the 24-year-old Swede's dominance as he moved inexorably towards his fourth French Open title.
After a four-year hiatus, Chris Evert made a triumphant return to Paris, winning her third crown after 1974 and 1975. The American dropped a set in the third round but was still head and shoulders above the competition, dropping only ten games from the quarter-finals onwards and dispatching Wendy Turnbull 6-2, 6-0 in the final.
In the doubles, Françoise Dürr played the last Grand Slam final of her storied career. The 36-year-old teamed up with Briton Virginia Wade but the pair lost to Wendy Turnbull and Betty Stöve 3-6, 7-5, 6-0. Dürr won no fewer than nine titles at Roland Garros – one singles, five women's doubles and three mixed doubles.
Chris Evert (USA) def. Wendy Turnbull (AUS) 6-2, 6-0
Björn Borg (SWE) def. Victor Pecci (PAR) 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4