Last year’s French Open – which was only held in September-October due to the Covid-19 pandemic – saw Polish player Iga Swiatek claim a surprise tournament victory in the Women’s Singles, while Rafael Nadal triumphed in the Men’s Singles to claim a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros.
Nadal starts the 2021 French Open as the favourite in the Men’s Singles – especially after Austrian Dominic Thiem, a two-time runner-up at Roland Garros, suffered a shock defeat to unseeded Pablo Andujar in the first round on Sunday.
“As always, I need to be ready for it. I need to keep practicing over the next couple of days and try to be in the best shape possible. I know every round is tough; I always respect every opponent. I have appreciated everyone since the beginning of my career,” said Nadal.
The Women’s Singles looks to be a more open tournament, with defending champion Swiatek up there in the favourites group alongside all-time great Serena Williams, as well as former Roland Garros champions Ashleigh Barty (the current world number one), Simona Halep, and Garbine Muguruza.
“Sometimes with my own expectations it’s hard but then I have to remind myself that I just have to focus on work and just remember why I play tennis and have fun on the court because sometimes I feel like I’m not playing for myself and that’s not a good thing,” said Swiatek in her build-up to the tournament.
“I just have to find that space where I just calm myself and remind myself that hopefully in two years I’m just going to be constantly in that mood when I just don’t worry and I’m just having fun because I think that’s what the biggest champions do, they just don’t care and they just play and focus on their job.”
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French Open coverage on SuperSport this week:
All times CAT
Tuesday 1 June
11:00: Day 3, Singles First Round – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Tennis
11:00: Day 3, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
Wednesday 2 June
11:00: Day 4, Singles Second Round – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Tennis
11:00: Day 4, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
Thursday 3 June
11:00: Day 5, Singles Second Round – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis
11:00: Day 5, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
Friday 4 June
11:00: Day 6, Singles Third Round – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis
11:00: Day 6, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
Saturday 5 June
11:00: Day 7, Singles Third Round – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis
11:00: Day 7, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action
Sunday 6 June
11:00: Day 8, Singles Fourth Round – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis
15:15: Day 8, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action