The news was in the air, but now it’s official: the Roland Garros in Paris, initially scheduled to start next May 17, will slip by a week instead, so it will be held from May 24 (with the start of the billboard qualification) as of June 13, 2021. The situation of the Covid-19 epidemic in France has in fact worsened in recent hours, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to proclaim a third national lockdown last Saturday. The press release published on the Roland Garros website reads: “In agreement with the French public authorities and the governing bodies of international tennis, the French Tennis Federation has taken the responsible decision to postpone the 2021 edition of Roland Garros. a week long, with the tournament taking place now from May 24th to June 13th. In his last speech on March 31, the President announced that a program for the progressive restoration of cultural and sporting events, subject to the improvement of the health situation, will be established from mid-May. Using this as a starting point, the FFT worked closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the relevant government departments on possible scenarios for the organization of Roland Garros, while taking into account the international sporting calendar. In this context, it seemed that the best solution was to postpone the tournament by a week. The qualifying rounds will therefore be held from Monday 24th to Friday 28th May and will be followed by those of the main draw, from 30th May to 13th June.” Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have developed a stranglehold over men’s tennis in recent times. In that context, former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic recently explained why the generation preceding this legendary trio didn’t have the same kind of longevity and success.
Tipsarevic talks about the Big 3
“Champions like Goran (Ivanisevic), Sampras and Agassi could already hit the ball very hard,” Janko Tipsarevic said. “They could serve as big as the guys who serve now. But what makes the difference with the generation that followed is the notion of movement and position on the court, which is also called biomechanics.” Tipsarevic asserted that the Big 3, alongside former World No. 1 Andy Murray, have the foot speed to cover the court from different types of positions. That in turn makes it very hard for their opponents to keep up with them. “The way Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray cover the court, in all aspects, 3–4 meters behind the baseline and 2 yards inside the baseline, is just a completely different level to what it was before,” Tipsarevic said. “(This) changes the spectacle offered by the champions and the level of requirement that must be reached in order to be able to worry them.”