Reasons for using the name ‘Grand Prix’ in tennis tournaments

In the past, there were many competitions called ‘Grand Prix’ in Korea. In most sports events, Grand Prix competitions were held. Usually, the word “grand prix” was used a lot in the highest competitions. However, there were cases where the word “grand prix” was overused and the value of the word was blurred. Tennis is no exception. In the past, there was a case where interest was raised by attaching the word “Grand Prix” to a domestic tennis tournament. In the 1980s, ‘Who won the Unemployment Tennis Grand Prix… An article with the headline ” was also published in the newspaper. From 1987 to 1996, the Seoul Open or the Calcup Korea Open were held at the Grand Prix Circuit and ATP Tour level. (See Episode 915 of this corner, ‘Why do we say ‘Tour’ in tennis?’, ‘Why do we say ‘Circuit’ in tennis’, Episode 917

) am. According to the English glossary, ‘Grand Prix’ is originally French. ‘Prix’ is derived from the Latin ‘Pretium’, which means price, value, compensation, etc., and is a word transformed through the Old French ‘Pris’. The English ‘Price’ is a word that has been carried over from the Old French-influenced Middle English ‘Pris’. Grand Prix can be said to be the grand prize or the grand prize in our words. It is said that the word Grand Prix was first used in 1863 at the Grand Prix de Paris, an international horse racing event in which only 3-year-olds were eligible to participate. (See Episode 776 of this corner, ‘Why do people say ‘Grand Prix’?)

In the Korean press, the term Grand Prix began to be used in the early 1960s. The word grand prix was first used in culture rather than sports. The Dong-A Ilbo reported in an article on culture on March 29, 1960 that Henri Montereland, a writer who received the ‘Grand Prix’ of the Academy as a member of the Academy of France, had been elected. 토토사이트

From the 1970s to the late 1980s, before the men’s ATP Tour was launched, there was the Grand Prix Super Series as an international tournament. The tournament was held annually from 1970 to 1989 in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia as part of the world tennis tour. Along with major competitions, it was the most prestigious and highest level competition. However, from 1990, it was absorbed and integrated into the ATP competition.

In women’s tennis, the Porsche Grand Prix is ​​the oldest indoor tournament in Europe, held in Stuttgart, Germany since 1978. Since 2009, it has been upgraded to a premier tournament on the Women’s WTA Tour. ‘Iron Lady’ Martina Navratilova holds the record for most wins at this event, winning 6 titles and 8 doubles titles from 1982 to 1992. She is followed by Trace Austin and Martina Hingis, who have each won four singles titles, followed by Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova, who have won the singles three times.

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