The French Open is the second Grand Slam tournament of the season in Paris. Here you will find the most important facts.
After the French Open 2020 could only be held four months late due to the corona pandemic (end of September / beginning of October), the tournament in Paris is now back in its usual place on the calendar. There are also a few other changes compared to last year.
- When does the French Open start?
The first round in the main tableau will be played from Sunday, May 30th. The men’s final, the final match of the tournament, will take place on Sunday, June 13th at 3:00 p.m.
This year there will be a night session in Roland Garros for the first time. For the first 10 days, a match on the center court will always start at 9:00 p.m.
- Is it played in front of spectators?
The organizers have further modernized the facility in recent years. Because of Corona, only a few viewers get to see it. In the first few days of this year only a little more than 5000 fans will be able to watch. In the second week, the organizers are hoping for more visitors if the French government’s corona easing allows it.
As every year, the path to the men’s title leads through Rafael Nadal. The Mallorcan has already triumphed 13 times at his favorite tournament. With the number 14 he would be the sole record holder with 21 Grand Slam triumphs ahead of Roger Federer (at 20). The biggest challengers are likely to be Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem. In the women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Iga Swiatek are the hottest contenders for victory.
- Which Swiss people are at the start?
According to Stan Wawrinka’s forfait, only Roger Federer is placed on the main tableau for men. With qualifier Henri Laaksonen, however, there is a second Swiss at the start. For women, Belinda Bencic, Viktorija Golubic and Stefanie Vögele, who played through the qualification, are a trio at the start. Jil Teichmann had to declare forfait at short notice.
The action on the 3 largest courts can be seen daily from the first to the last point in the uncommented live stream on srf.ch/sport and in the SRF Sport app. In addition, we broadcast the most important games of the day live on TV – with a focus on the Swiss people in action.