When Does French Open 2021 Start?

Published 05/24/2021, 7:09 AM EDT
PARIS – JUNE 01: A view of the Roland Garros logo on day eight of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2008 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


One of the most prestigious tournaments on the tennis calendar is soon about to begin. The French Open 2021 is expected to be an action-packed event, where all the top players will push each other to the fullest. It also happens to be the only Grand Slam event that is played on the clay courts. 

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The French Open 2021 begins today. From May 24 till 28, the qualifying rounds are scheduled to take place. Following that, the main draw ceremony will be held on Friday and the first round matches will begin from Sunday, May 30 onwards. 

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 09: A general view inside Court Philippe Chatrier during the ladies singles final between Sloane Stephens of The United States and Simona Halep of Romania during day fourteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Qualifying round matches begin today at the French Open 2021

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The qualifying round matches begin at 10:30 am on May 24. Players will have to win the three qualifying matches before they book a spot in the main draw. When the main draw matches begin, the tournament will continue for two weeks. This year, the women’s final will be on Saturday, June 12, and the men’s final will be played on the Sunday following that. 

All the best players in the world are part of this magnificent event. However, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is the favorite to lift the title for a record 14th time. On the women’s side, defending champion Iga Swiatek will be a tough competitor, and World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is expected to go deep into the tournament. 

Unfortunately, former French Open champions Stan Wawrinka and Simona Halep have pulled out of the event due to injuries. Olympic Gold medalist Andy Murray has also joined the list of absentees.  

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 29: Ground staff prepare the court during a rain delay on day three of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 29, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

In a positive development, Swiss superstar Roger Federer will be featuring at this year’s edition. It will be his first Grand Slam event after he was last seen competing at the Australian Open 2020. 

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On the men’s side, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic can be a threat to the rest of the players. Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas, Austrian athlete Dominic Thiem and German ace Alexander Zverev can also cause upsets during the fortnight. 

Since all the players have started gathering in Paris, it will be interesting to see how they perform during the second Grand Slam of the season. 

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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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