The Parisian Grand Slam was given a shot of fresh air with victories by Chang (1989) and Seles (1990) in the singles.
Highlights of the tournament
Surprise package Andres Gomez takes the title, defeating the “Las Vegas Kid” himself, Andre Agassi in the final. The 30-year-old becomes the first player from Ecuador and only the second South American to win at Roland Garros (after Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas). And for the first time at Roland Garros and indeed at any Slam, the No.1 and No.2 seeds, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, are knocked out in the first round on the same day.
At 16 years and six months, Yugoslavia’s Monica Seles becomes the youngest women’s singles winner – a record which stands to this day. This was her maiden Grand Slam title and the first time that anyone, male or fe- male, had won a major playing two-handed on both sides. At 14 years and two months, USA’s Jennifer Capriati becomes the youngest semi-finalist in the history of Grand Slam tennis.
All men’s doubles matchs, including the semi-finals and the final, are played as best of three sets. The Coupe Marcel Bernard and the Coupe Simonne Mathieu are created for the women’s and the mixed doubles.