The 1961 French Championships (now known as the French Open) was a tennis tournament that took place on the outdoor clay courts at the Stade Roland-Garros in Paris, France. The tournament ran from 15 May until 27 May. It was the 60th staging of the French Championships, and the second Grand Slam tennis event of 1961.
Manuel Santana defeated Nicola Pietrangeli 4–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–0, 6–2
Ann Haydon defeated Yola Ramírez 6–2, 6–1
Roy Emerson / Rod Laver defeated Bob Howe / Robert Mark 3–6, 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
Sandra Reynolds / Renee Schuurman Haygarth defeated Maria Bueno / Darlene Hard walkover
Darlene Hard / Rod Laver defeated Vera Suková / Jirí Javorský 6–0, 2–6, 6–3