2021 French Open

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2021 French Open
Date30 May – 13 June
Edition125th
Category Grand Slam tournament
Draw128S / 64D / 16X
Prize money 34,367,215
Surface Clay
LocationParis (XVIe), France
Venue Roland Garros Stadium
Champions
Men's Singles
Flag of Serbia.svg Novak Djokovic
Women's Singles
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Barbora Krejčíková
Men's Doubles
Flag of France.svg Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Flag of France.svg Nicolas Mahut
Women's Doubles
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Barbora Krejčíková / Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Kateřina Siniaková
Mixed Doubles
Flag of the United States.svg Desirae Krawczyk / Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Joe Salisbury
Wheelchair Men's Singles
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alfie Hewett
Wheelchair Women's Singles
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Diede de Groot
Wheelchair Quad Singles
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Dylan Alcott
Wheelchair Men's Doubles
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alfie Hewett / Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gordon Reid
Wheelchair Women's Doubles
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Diede de Groot / Flag of the Netherlands.svg Aniek van Koot
Wheelchair Quad Doubles
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Lapthorne / Flag of the United States.svg David Wagner
Boys' Singles
Flag of France.svg Luca Van Assche
Girls' Singles
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Linda Nosková
Boys' Doubles
Flag of France.svg Arthur Fils / Flag of France.svg Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard
Girls' Doubles
Flag of the Philippines.svg Alex Eala / Flag of Russia.svg Oksana Selekhmeteva
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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.

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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]

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

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]

Singles players

Men's Singles
Women's Singles

Events

Men's Singles

Women's Singles

Men's Doubles

Women's Doubles

Mixed Doubles

Wheelchair Men's Singles

Wheelchair Women's Singles

Wheelchair Quad Singles

Wheelchair Men's Doubles

Wheelchair Women's Doubles

Wheelchair Quad Doubles

Boys' Singles

Girls' Singles

Boys' Doubles

Girls' Doubles

Point distribution and prize money

Point distribution

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.

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

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

Senior points

Event W FSFQFRound of 16Round of 32Round of 64Round of 128QQ3Q2Q1
Men's Singles20001200720360180904510251680
Men's Doubles0N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Women's Singles130078043024013070104030202
Women's Doubles10N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

Prize money

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]

EventWFSFQFR16R32R64R128Q3Q2Q1
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€11,500N/AN/AN/AN/A
Mixed Doubles*€122,000€61,000€31,000€17,500€10,000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wheelchair Singles€53,000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wheelchair Doubles*€16,000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Quad Wheelchair Singles€20,000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Quad Wheelchair Doubles*€4,000N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A

*per team

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Preceded by
2020 French Open
French Open Succeeded by
2022 French Open
Preceded by
2021 Australian Open
Grand Slam events Succeeded by
2021 Wimbledon Championships