French Open 2021 Schedule: Day 2 Order of Play Featuring Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Daniil Medvedev, Iga Swiatek and Others

Published 05/30/2021, 1:02 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP 250 – Geneva Open – Tennis Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland – May 18, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after losing his round of 16 match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Heavyweights such as Roger Federer and Serena Williams will begin their French Open 2021 journeys tomorrow. Moreover, defending champion Iga Swiatek and last year’s finalist Sofia Kenin will also play tomorrow. And World No.2 Daniil Medvedev will also attempt to win his first match at Roland Garros.


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From Monday, the night sessions will begin at the flagship Court Phillipe-Chartier. Moreover, the three stadium courts, Court Phillipe-Chartier, Court Suzanne-Lenglen, and Court and Court Simonne-Mathieu will have four matches each with two men’s singles matches and two women’s singles.

Roger Federer reacts after losing his round of 16 match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

French Open 2021 Schedule: Court Phillipe-Chartier


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8th seed, Iga Swiatek will begin her title defense against Kaja Juvan. The day session at Court Phillipe-Chartier will begin at 12 am local time. The second match at Court Phillipe-Chartier will be between ATP World No.2 Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Bublik.

The third match at Court Phillipe-Chartier is highly anticipated as it has Roger Federer taking on Denis Istomin. Federer’s match won’t be played before 4 pm local time. And then for the first time in Roland Garros history, there will be a night session match. And gracing the night session will be Serena Williams against Irina-Camelia Begu. Serena’s match won’t be played before 9 pm local time.

Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her second-round match against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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Court Suzanne-Lenglen

Since Court Suzanne-Lenglen doesn’t have a roof and floodlights, it will have the regular French Open schedule with matches starting from 11 am. The first match features Italian teenage sensation, Jannik Sinner against Frenchmen, Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Jannik Sinner of Italy celebrates. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The second match has former World No.4 Caroline Garcia against Laura Siegemund. And then the third match has one of the most high-profile first-round matches. Last year’s finalist Sofia Kenin will take on 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. The last match of the day at Court Suzanne-Lenglen has home favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Sofia Kenin of the U.S. after winning. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Court Simonne-Mathieu


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Matches at Court Simonne-Mathieu will start at 11 am local time. The first match is an all-French affair between Alize Cornet and wildcard entrant Harmony Tan. The second match features controversial French player Benoit Paire against young Norwegian Casper Ruud.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain hits a forehand. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The third match features 2014 US Open champion, Marin Cilic against wildcard entrant Arthur Rinderknech. And ending the day at Court Simonne-Mathieu is a strong clash between 2016 French Open champ, Garbine Muguruza, and Marta Kostyuk.


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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.