This year, the GDF SUEZ Open was part of the “premier” tournaments category comprising all the most important international women’s tennis tournaments after the Grand Slam tournaments.
The 17th GDF SUEZ Open was star billing, with Serena Wiliams, Jelena Jankovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Patty Schnyder, and also with the members of the GDF SUEZ team: Elena Dementieva, Amélie Mauresmo, Alizé Cornet, Agnès Szavay, Sorana Cirstea, Emilie Loit, Nathalie Dechy and Virginie Razzano. Amélie Mauresmo won this year's edition, defeating Elena Dementieva in the tournament's final.
The GDF SUEZ Open is also replicated at regional level across France with a circuit of 18 women’s tennis tournaments that are also known as “GDF SUEZ Open”.
GDF SUEZ has been backing women’s tennis at all levels since 1992 through sponsorships in France and abroad:
- Sponsorship of the French Tennis Federation and the French Fed Cup team,
- Foundation of the GDF SUEZ tennis team, which backs young women tennis players throughout their careers up to the highest levels of the sport,
- Sponsorship of the Romanian Tennis Federation and of the “GDF SUEZ Grand Prix” in Budapest, Hungary.
The 17th GDF SUEZ Open was marked by the 10th anniversary of GDF SUEZ’s sponsorship of the “Fête le Mur” charity, a milestone that was celebrated by a series of events organised during the tournament. Yannick Noah, the Chairman of the charity, founded it in order to provide an opportunity for young people from deprived neighbourhoods to play tennis and discover the values associated with this sport.