WATCH: Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams Begin Their Preparations on Philippe Chatrier For French Open 2021

Published 05/27/2021, 6:09 AM EDT
Serena Williams of USA and Rafael Nadal of Spain with their winners trophies at the Wimbledon Championships 2010 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


It’s time to witness one of the most prestigious Grand Slams take place in full swing – the French Open 2021. The major will begin in just three days from now and players have started practicing for the same. Interestingly, 13-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal also reached Paris recently and without wasting any time, he has begun his preparations.

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Unlike Novak Djokovic, World No.3 Rafael Nadal is not playing any lead-up tournament before the French Open 2021. He recently arrived on the Philippe Chatrier and practiced some forehands and backhands. Interestingly, the Spaniard hit the net with Karen Khachanov and looked in some great touch.

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The ‘King of Clay’ is back and is improving day by day. Interestingly, his forehand looks just as lethal as the last time fans saw it at the French Open.

Rafa is about to play at Roland Garros 2021 after winning two clay-court tournaments this season. He recently defeated Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Italian Open 2021 to achieve his ‘La Decima’ in Rome. Fans and experts back him and want him to achieve the phenomenal feat of 21 Grand Slams under his belt.

Will Rafa be able to defend his French Open title yet again?

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Serena Williams also joins Rafael Nadal

Just like Nadal, Williams too was seen training at the Philippe Chatrier for the French Open 2021 today. She looked really determined while hitting her shots and her energy was quite evident from the speed of her amazing forehand.

Serena Williams of the United States watched by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou training on Court Suzanne Lenglen in preparation for the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 25th, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Williams did a variety of drills today. Playing along the baseline, she tried to improve her forehand and backhand. Along with that, she was also running a lot to maintain her physical fitness.

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Serena hasn’t had a great season on clay so far. Out of the three matches she played on the surface this season, she suffered a humiliating defeat in two of them. In such a situation, there are doubts if she’ll be able to even reach the quarters in Paris.

Serena Williams is 39 at the moment. Chasing her 24th Grand Slam title for more than four years now, she hasn’t been that good or effective on clay in the recent past. However, her fans still believe that she can bounce back. Will the American legend be able to conquer Paris this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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