French Open 2021. The second Grand Slam of the year. As soon as the Masters 1000 tournaments slotted for March gets over, all eyes turned towards the clay season and eventually to French Open. This year will mark the 125th edition of the event. Rafael Nadal is the most successful player at the competition having won the tournament a record 13 times.
French Open 2021: When and where?
- When: May 24th – June 13th2021
- Where: Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France
The qualifying rounds will commence from May 24th with the final scheduled to be played on June 13th at the Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Poland’s Iga Świątek are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s singles category respectively.
Will Rafael Nadal Keep His Legacy Going?
Rafael Nadal will step onto the court as the four-time defending champion. Last year in September, the Spaniard grabbed his 20th Grand Slam title, 13th French Open title, and 100 victories at the event. He has only 02 losses in 16 years.
But the question remains? For how long can he continue his supreme dominance in the clay-Slam? Entering the tournament for the first time as a 19-year old kid in 2005 and winning four titles on the trot seems to be a long way back and at the moment he is also on a four-time title-winning streak. Recently won the Barcelona Open for the 12th time, the Spaniard is getting back to his peak and still, a couple of Masters 1000 tournaments are up there to reach his peak to be absolutely ready for the 14th title at the French Open.
Any Young-Blood Up For The Grab?
Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, StefanosTsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev. All the young generation sensations will have the opportunity to go after the title.
Medvedev has played two Slam finals so far. The Russian will be high in confidence having played the final at the Australian Open 2021. But he doesn’t hold a good record at the French Open. In fact, his last four outings at the French Open remained only till the first round.
Thiem is the most experience of the lot having won the US Open last year and played three Slam finals, two of them at the French Open eventually losing to Rafael Nadal both times. He exited the tournament in the quarterfinal last year.
Tsitsipas holds a good record at the clay and against Rafael Nadal having beaten him at the Australian Open 2021 from two set down. The Greek recently won his first Masters 1000 title at the Monte-Carlo Masters. He reached the semifinals last year.
Zverev has 14 career titles to his name and the best result of quarterfinals at the French Open.
Novak Djokovic. Don’t forget the world number one. He is one of the two players who have beaten Nadal at the event. He lost to Nadal last year in the final.
Roger Federer Is Coming!!!
Meanwhile, Roger Federer has announced that he will play this year’s French Open. It will be his 3rd tournament since his return after the knee injury. 2019 was the last time when Federer participated in the clay-Slam after a three-year gap. He lost to his long-time rival and eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the semifinal.