2021 French Open

The 2021 French Open was a Grand Slam level tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It was held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 30 May to 13 June 2021, comprising singles, doubles and mixed doubles play.[1] The qualifiers took place from 24 May to 28 May. Junior and wheelchair tournaments also took place. Rafael Nadal was the four-time defending champion in men’s singles, and Iga Świątek was the defending champion in women’s singles.

2021 tennis tournament held in Paris, France
This article is about the tennis tournament. For the badminton tournament, see 2021 French Open (badminton).

Tennis tournament
2021 French Open
Date 30 May – 13 June
Edition 125th
Category Grand Slam tournament
Draw 128S / 64D / 16X
Prize money 34,367,215
Surface Clay
Location Paris (XVIe), France
Venue Roland Garros Stadium
Champions
Men’s Singles
Novak Djokovic
Women’s Singles
Barbora Krejčíková
Men’s Doubles
Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Nicolas Mahut
Women’s Doubles
Barbora Krejčíková / Kateřina Siniaková
Mixed Doubles
Desirae Krawczyk / Joe Salisbury
Wheelchair Men’s Singles
Alfie Hewett
Wheelchair Women’s Singles
Diede de Groot
Wheelchair Quad Singles
Dylan Alcott
Wheelchair Men’s Doubles
Alfie Hewett / Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Women’s Doubles
Diede de Groot / Aniek van Koot
Wheelchair Quad Doubles
Andy Lapthorne / David Wagner
Boys’ Singles
Luca Van Assche
Girls’ Singles
Linda Nosková
Boys’ Doubles
Arthur Fils / Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard
Girls’ Doubles
Alex Eala / Oksana Selekhmeteva
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It was the 125th edition of the French Open and the second Grand Slam event of 2021. The main singles draws included 16 qualifiers for men and 16 for women out of 128 players in each draw, the last Grand Slam to still have 128 women qualifiers instead of 96 in line with the other three majors.[2]

Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, marking his 19th Grand Slam singles title and making him the first male player to win the double career Grand Slam in the Open Era.[3]Barbora Krejčíková won the women’s singles title over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final, claiming her maiden Grand Slam singles title. This was the first time in French Open history that both singles victors were from Slavic-speaking nations, namely Serbia and the Czech Republic.

This was the first edition of the event to have formal night sessions in the schedule, joining a practice already established at the Australian Open and US Open, with one match having a 21:00 local time start time each day.[4]

The mixed doubles event returned after a one-year absence, though the draw featured only 16 teams instead of the regular 32.[5]

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The beginning of the tournament returned to its traditional late-May scheduling after being delayed to September in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 8 April, the originally-announced dates were postponed by one week by the French Tennis Federation due to a third national lockdown and curfew in France enacted the week prior, with the first day of qualifiers pushed back to 24 May, and first day of the tournament proper pushed back to 30 May. The postponement was made in the hope that restrictions would be eased in time for the tournament, including potentially allowing spectators.[6]

At the start of the tournament, the main courts were capped at 1,000 spectators, and spectators were prohibited after 21:00 nightly due to the nationwide curfew. This caused night session matches to be held behind closed doors. Beginning 9 June, the curfew was moved to 23:00, and centre court was permitted to expand to 5,000 spectators.[7] During the 11 June semi-final match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, Prime Minister Jean Castex personally phoned the organizers after a 93-minute third-set tiebreak set to issue an exemption, allowing the match to be played to its conclusion with spectators.[8]

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