As the second major tennis tournament of the year approaches, the qualifying rounds of the French Open have begun.

Having been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 outbreak last autumn, the iconic clay court tournament is now on offer sooner than Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal had anticipated.

When is the French Open 2021?

The tournament to be held on Sunday 30th May and ends on Sunday 13th June 2021 will begin on this date.

Due to COVID restrictions in line with government advice, the event has been delayed by a week, but will otherwise proceed as scheduled.

In preparation for the event, qualifying will take place from Monday 24th May through Friday 28th May.

How Many spectators can attend 2nd Grand slam?

The Roland Garros authorities have given themselves the opportunity to draw more spectators into the grounds by postponing the tournament.

In Roland Garros, a maximum of 1,000 spectators per court will be allowed until Tuesday, 8 June. On Philippe-Chatrier, there will be a curfew set at 9pm that will not lift until 8 June, so this won’t apply to the new night sessions.

Roland Garros will be one of the first venues to benefit from the Covid “health pass” as of Wednesday 9 June. It will also make it possible for people to travel freely throughout Europe, but in Paris, the certificate will be used to increase the capacity of the sporting grounds to 13,146, with each stadium court allowing 65 per cent full or hosting 5,000 spectators, whichever is fewer.

Consequently, as many as 5,000 spectators are expected to watch the men’s quarterfinal match on Wednesday, 9 June, at 8 p.m. local time (7 p.m. BST). That evening, curfew extends until 11pm local time. (The other nine night sessions will begin at 9pm local time/8pm BST.)

Full French Open schedule
(all times BST; subject to change)

  • Sunday 30 May: Men’s and women’s first round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Monday 31 May: Men’s and women’s first round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Tuesday 1 June: Men’s and women’s first round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Wednesday 2 June: Men’s and women’s second round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Thursday 3 June: Men’s and women’s second round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Friday 4 June: Men’s and women’s third round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Saturday 5 June: Men’s and women’s third round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Sunday 6 June: Men’s and women’s fourth round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Monday 7 June: Men’s and women’s fourth round (play starts at 10am; play on Chatrier starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Tuesday 8 June: Men’s and women’s quarter-finals (play starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Wednesday 9 June: Men’s and women’s quarter-finals (play starts at 11am; one match scheduled for 8pm)
  • Thursday 10 June: Women’s semi-finals (play on Chatrier starts at 1pm)
  • Friday 11 June: Men’s semi-finals (play on Chatrier starts at 2pm)
  • Saturday 12 June: Women’s final, 2pm
  • Sunday 13 June: Men’s final, 2pm

How to watch the French Open?

Eurosport 1 and 2 (Sky channel 410/411, BT 412/413, Virgin 521/522) as well as ITV4 (Freeview 25, Freesat 117, Sky 120 will be showing the French Open live in the UK

You can also stream the action via the Eurosport Player (available for £6.99 a month or £39.99 for a 12-month pass) or via the ITV Hub (valid TV licence required)

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