2021 French Open

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2021 French Open
Date30 May – 13 June
Category91st Grand Slam
Draw128S / 64D / 16X
Prize money34,367,215
LocationParis (XVIe), France
VenueRoland Garros Stadium
Men's singles
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Women's singles
Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková
Men's doubles
France Pierre-Hugues Herbert / France Nicolas Mahut
Women's doubles
Czech Republic Barbora Krejčíková / Czech Republic Kateřina Siniaková
Mixed doubles
United States Desirae Krawczyk / United Kingdom Joe Salisbury
Wheelchair men's singles
United Kingdom Alfie Hewett
Wheelchair women's singles
Netherlands Diede de Groot
Wheelchair quad singles
Australia Dylan Alcott
Wheelchair men's doubles
United Kingdom Alfie Hewett / United Kingdom Gordon Reid
Wheelchair women's doubles
Netherlands Diede de Groot / Netherlands Aniek van Koot
Wheelchair quad doubles
United Kingdom Andy Lapthorne / United States David Wagner
Boys' singles
France Luca Van Assche
Girls' singles
Czech Republic Linda Nosková
Boys' doubles
France Arthur Fils / France Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard
Girls' doubles
Philippines Alex Eala / Russia Oksana Selekhmeteva
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The 2021 French Open was a major 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.

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]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

The beginning of the tournament returned to its traditional late-May schedule after the previous edition being delayed to September 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]

Singles players[edit]

Men's singles
Women's singles


Men's singles[edit]

Women's singles[edit]

Men's doubles[edit]

Women's doubles[edit]

Mixed doubles[edit]

Wheelchair men's singles[edit]

Wheelchair women's singles[edit]

Wheelchair quad singles[edit]

Wheelchair men's doubles[edit]

Wheelchair women's doubles[edit]

Wheelchair quad doubles[edit]

Boys' singles[edit]

Girls' singles[edit]

Boys' doubles[edit]

Girls' doubles[edit]

Point distribution and prize money[edit]

Point distribution[edit]

As a Grand Slam tournament, the points for the French Open are the highest of all ATP and WTA tournaments.[9] These points determine the world ATP and WTA rankings for men's and women's competition, respectively. In both singles and doubles, women received slightly higher point totals compared to their male counterparts at each round of the tournament, except for the first and last.[9][10] Points and rankings for the wheelchair events fall under the jurisdiction of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour, which also places Grand Slams as the highest classification.[11]

The ATP and WTA rankings were both altered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[12] Both rankings were frozen on 16 March 2020 upon the suspension of both tours, and as a result the traditional 52-week ranking system was extended to cover the period from March 2019 to March 2021 with a player's best 18 results in that time period factoring into their point totals.

For the ATP, In March 2021, the ATP extended the "best of" logic to their rankings through to the week of 9 August 2021.

  • Players who have played the same Tour-level event more than once, adopt a "best of" and can count their highest points total from the same tournament,
  • Results from the rescheduled 2020 event will also be included for an additional 52 weeks at 50%.[13]

For the WTA, if the event was rescheduled outside of four weeks of the normal tournament date, such as Roland Garros, the following applies:

  • 2019 points will drop off at 2021 edition,
  • 2020 points will stay on for 52 weeks if the points earned are better than the 2021 results or the player does not compete at the event in 2021,
  • In the event that 2020 points are used, they will drop off after 52 weeks, being replaced by the 2021 points.[14]

Below is a series of tables for each of the competitions showing the ranking points on offer for each event:

Senior points[edit]

Event W F SF QF Round of 16 Round of 32 Round of 64 Round of 128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Men's singles 2000 1200 720 360 180 90 45 10 25 16 8 0
Men's doubles 0
Women's singles 1300 780 430 240 130 70 10 40 30 20 2
Women's doubles 10

Prize money[edit]

About a month before the tournament began, the prize money pool was announced to be 34,367,215, a reduction of 10.53% compared to the prize pool for 2020 edition.[15][16]

Event W F SF QF R16 R32 R64 R128 Q3 Q2 Q1
Singles €1,400,000 €750,000 €375,000 €255,000 €170,000 €113,000 €84,000 €60,000 €25,600 €16,000 €10,000
Doubles* €244,295 €144,074 €84,749 €49,853 €29,325 €17,250 €11,500
Mixed doubles* €122,000 €61,000 €31,000 €17,500 €10,000
Wheelchair singles €53,000
Wheelchair doubles* €16,000
Quad Wheelchair singles €20,000
Quad Wheelchair doubles* €4,000

*per team


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