List of Dark Horses at the French Open 2021

Published 05/28/2021, 6:46 AM EDT
General view inside Court Philippe-Chatrier during the Women’s Singles first round match between Anett Kontaveit of Estonia and Caroline Garcia of France during day one of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on September 27, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)


In just a few days, the main draw for the French Open 2021 is about to get underway. The biggest names in the sport have started gathering in the French capital. The second Grand Slam event of the season promises to be an enthralling event as fans will be back to witness all the action in the stadiums. 

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Since the biggest prizes are up for grabs, take a closer look at the players that have a chance of winning this prestigious tournament. Naturally, as with every other edition of the tournament, Rafael Nadal is the favorite at the French Open 2021. However, certain dark horses that may not be considered this year to lift the title could actually go the distance. 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: Dominic Thiem of Austria congratulates Andrey Rublev of Russia for winning the quarter finals match on day seven of the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament at Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Thomas Kronsteiner/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev can go the distance at the French Open 2021

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Players like Dominic Thiem who hasn’t been in the best of forms the entire season can still do wonders. Being a two-time finalist in Paris and a Grand Slam winner, the Austrian ace has the experience and knows what it takes to win a Grand Slam title. Even Andrey Rublev has made by far the best progress on the men’s Tour over the past year. 

Although the Russian talent has not been involved in many five-set battles, he has beaten big names in the sport on more than one occasion. Considering that the German Alexander Zverev and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas have also been in great form, they have a great chance of claiming the title. 

In the women’s section, there will be expectations from World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Iga Swiatek. However, Belarusian star Aryna Sabalenka and Ukrainian athlete Elina Svitolina have a great chance of winning their first Grand Slam titles too. 

Apr 1, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia (L) shakes hands with Elina Svitolina of Ukraine (R) after their match in a women’s singles semifinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The main draw begins on May 30, and the tournament will end on June 13. The chances of a new winner emerging in both the men’s and women’s categories are high. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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