2021: When is the draw, when does it start, and how to watch it on TV in the UK
After being movedto coronavirus concerns, the French Open is on the horizon. , Roland Garros is in its more traditional place in the tennis calendar, and the world’s best are starting to arrive in Paris. Once again, all eyes will be on Rafael Nadal as he bids to 21st Grand Slam.
Defending champion Iga Swiatek has the likes of 2019 winner, world No 2 Naomi Osaka, and Aryna Sabalenka, all targeting victory. And you can never discount Serena Williams, who is continuing her 24th major title. Meanwhile, new to Roland Garros is introducing a night session match on Philippe-Chatrier, echoing the US Open and Australian Open.
When is the French Open draw? The draw for the tournament takes place at 5 pm on Thursday, May 27, with a. When does the French Open start? In contrast to the other majors, the French Open begins on a Sunday, and this event gets underway on May 30. Will Andy Murray be playing in Paris?
Which other big names are missing? No. Unfortunately the, three-time Grand Slam winner will not be competing in Paris. Since March, Muray has been struggling with a groin injury and is putting his efforts toward Wimbledon; the . The former the Australian Open in February after contracting coronavirus. Two former champions, Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka, have pulled out due to injury.
British player Kyle Edmund has been struggling with injury all year and will also be absent after surgery on hisin April. Canadian world No 14 Denis Shapovalov has a shoulder injury and withdrew after losing to Casper Ruud at the Geneva Open. Where to watch the French Open 2021 on TV, ITV has exclusive free-to-air of the French Open from Sunday, May 30.
Presenter John Inverdale leads the broadcasting team, including British Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong, 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, four-time Grand Slam winner Jim Courier, Andy Murray’s former coach Mark Petchey, Fabrice Santoro, and former British ladies number one Samantha Smith. Nick Mullins and Jonathan Overend will be in the, with Celina Hinchcliffe, the on-site reporter.