After wrapping up tennis news in May, we had an exciting two weeks of tournaments leading up to the 2021 French Open. This time we get to look at one of the biggest tournaments of the year, the French Open.
If you weren’t able to keep up with everything going on, we’ve got your back. Below are the tournament news/results, top headlines, and spotlight story from the last few weeks!
ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: 2021 French Open Special
Barbora Krejcikova would dominate the women’s singles and doubles draws, Djokovic would make an epic comeback, and much more.
French Open (ATP Grand Slam)
Singles: (1) Novak Djokovic defeated (5) Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6-8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to win his 19th Grand Slam title.
Story: Despite Tsitsipas playing some of his best tennis to go up two sets on Djokovic, Novak would prove to be too large of an obstacle for Stefanos to overcome. Nevertheless, Tsitsipas and Zverev — who lost to Tsitsipas in the semifinals — have both proven that the next-gen players are ready to win on the biggest stages. Plus, Nadal’s reign of terror at Roland Garros has come to an end as Djokovic slowly creeps closer to claiming a stake of the Grand Slam record.
- Read more about Djokovic’s 2021 French Open victory here.
- Watch Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas – Final Highlights I Roland-Garros 2021
Doubles: (6) Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues-Herbert defeated Andrey Golubev and Alexander Bublik 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 to win the championship.
French Open (WTA Grand Slam)
Singles: Barbora Krejcikova defeated (31) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to win the 2021 French Open and her maiden Grand Slam title.
Story: A magical run to the quarterfinals for (24) Coco Gauff, a semifinal full of brand new faces, and a magical tournament for Krejcikova. The 25-year-old Czech, Krejcikova, who many considered a doubles specialist would prove a lot of analysts and tennis fans wrong by winning her maiden singles Grand Slam. But, she didn’t stop there, with a win on Sunday, she lamented her big tournament with a doubles championship as well.
- Read more about Krejcikova’s 2021 French Open victory here.
- Watch Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Barbora Krejcikova – Final Highlights I Roland-Garros 2021
Doubles: (2) Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated (14) Iga Swiatek and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-2 to claim the trophy.
- Viking Open (WTA 250)
- (1) Johanna Konta defeated Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-1 in singles.
- (3) Lyudmyla Kichenok and Makoto Ninomiya defeated (2) Caroline Dolehide and Storm Sanders 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 10-8.
- Bol Open (WTA 125)
- (3) Jasmine Paolini defeated (2) Arantxa Rus 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in singles.
- Aliona Bolsova Zadoinov and Katarzyna Kawa defeated Ekaterine Gorgodze and Tereza Mihalikova 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 in doubles.
- Mercedes Cup (ATP 250)
- Marin Cilic defeated (3) Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in singles.
- Marcelo Demoliner and Simone Bolelli defeated Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 in doubles.
Here is a list of the upcoming pro tennis tournaments. If you’d like to read more about these tournaments, click on the links below.
- Halle Open (ATP 500)
- London Open (ATP 500)
- Mallorca Championships (ATP 250)
- Eastbourne Open (ATP 250)
- Birmingham Open (WTA 250)
- Bett1 Open (WTA 500)
- Bad Homburg Open (WTA 250)
- Eastbourne Open (WTA 500)
Top 10 News Stories Around the Pro Tennis Tour
Here are our top 10 biggest stories from around the tennis world over the past two weeks.
- The Swiss Indoor Tournament in Basel has been canceled for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A Russian tennis player has been arrested for match-fixing, sports corruption, and fraud.
- Stan Wawrinka has withdrawn from the 2021 Wimbledon due to ongoing foot problems.
- Roger Federer withdrew during the French Open to be physically prepared for Wimbledon.
- Serena Williams was stunned by Rybakina at the French Open, continuing her Grand Slam drought.
- Rafael Nadal may not play at Wimbledon after losing to Djokovic at the French Open.
- Novak Djokovic became the 1st player to defeat Nadal twice at the French Open, giving him only his third defeat.
- Felix Auger-Aliassime loves to play on the grass and is finding success there, here’s why.
- Barbora Krejcikova has now become a Grand Slam Champion in 3 events: singles, doubles, and mixed doubles.
- Tennys Sandgren opened up recently about his tennis life, results in Paris, and building confidence.
Spotlight Story: Federer Goes Undefeated In Paris, Prepares For Wimbledon
After winning his first three matches at the 2021 French Open to advance to the 4th round, Roger Federer would withdraw from the Grand Slam.
Although it wasn’t a move many would have expected, Federer cited his ongoing knee rehabilitation and desire to play at Wimbledon as his motivating factors.
“After two knee surgeries and over a year of rehabilitation it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery,” Federer said in a statement released by the French tennis federation. “I am thrilled to have gotten 3 matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”
Federer would also say, “I’m just realistic and I know I will not win the French, and whoever thought I would or could win it is wrong.”
Read the original article by ESPN.