French Open 2021 organizers decided to change their schedule this year, as they added a night session to the tournament this year. The night sessions will commence from May 31, 2021 which will be the second day of the tournament. In some big news, Serena Williams will feature in the first official night session of the French Open 2021, as she faces the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round clash.
Serena Williams is seeded seventh at French Open 2021, and will open her campaign in Paris on Monday. The American had to withdraw from the French Open last year, as she suffered an Achilles injury. Serena Williams will be obliged to be a part of the historic moment at Roland Garros, and feature in the first night session.
A statement made by the tournament organizers
Prior to the French Open 2021, when the night sessions were announced, there were serious doubts as to whether women’s matches will be scheduled in the night. With the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all being a part of the tournament, it was expected that they would be occupy the night slot.
However, the French Open has made a huge statement by scheduling Serena Williams’ match in the first night session in the tournament’s history. The move is expected to have been made to promote women’s tennis, and maintain it’s parity with men’s tennis. Serena Williams certainly deserves this honor, as she has been the face pf women’s tennis for over two decades.
Speaking about Serena’s form prior to the French Open 2021, she has faced early round exits at Italian Open 2021 and Parma Open. She was defeated by Nadia Podoroska in the second round in Rome, and faced another second round exit in Parma. She will have to produce her best tennis, if she is to have a good run in Paris this time around.