Roland-Garros (FFT) and BNP Paribas are pleased to announce the organization of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas Grand Final 2021 within the legendary Philippe-Chatrier court. The eight finalists – who hail from Germany, Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain and the UK – will take part in an esport workshop on Friday, May 28th before contesting the Grand Final on Saturday, May 29th.
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The competition played on the video game Tennis World Tour 2 on PS4, has levelled up this year with seven qualifying stages taking place from mid-April involving students from international esport schools and universities.
Also open to the general public, the online We Are Tennis tournament was won by Alexandre Lepine, who claimed the last available slot in the Grand Final and will now take on the seven rising esport talents – already qualified – at Roland-Garros.
The draw for the Grand Final was conducted by Gaël Monfils and Rivenzi during the first live show of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas 2021, live streamed on Gaël Monfils Twitch channel on April 27th (catch the highlights here).
The Grand Final will kick off with the following quarter-final ties:
- Alessandro Dapporto (Italy, Esports Academy) vs Thiago Morteira (Brazil, THE360)
- Max Ward (UK, Staffordshire University) vs Augustin Baudinet (France, Power House Gaming)
- Darío López Rodríguez (Spain, e-Squad Academy) vs Kevin Vanaerschodt (Belgium, Hogeschool PXL)
- Manfred Hanusek (Germany, eSports Cologne) vs Alexandre Lepine (France)
The Grand Final will be held in the heart of Roland-Garros on Saturday May 29th in the Philippe-Chatrier court’s VIP areas.
The two players reaching the final will share the €5,000 prize money, but only the winner will be invited for tests at HumanFab, a research laboratory for physical preparation for top-level sport and esport athletes, and for an intensive 1-week bootcamp at the Team MCES’ Gaming Center in Marseille, starting on May 31st.
Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas also offers an educational experience focused on a career in esport
As of this year, Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas will combine education and competition, becoming a launchpad towards a career in esport, thanks in no small part to the support of Team MCES, one of France’s leading esport clubs.
On Friday May 28th, the eight Grand Final qualifiers will take part in an esport workshop held in English, giving them the chance to engage with leading stakeholders in the industry and prepare as best they can for a future career in esport, with the attendance of members of UNESCO’s International Convention against Doping in Sport.
Team MCES will share its expertise and valuable advice through its Chairman and founder Romain Sombret and General Manager Esport Julien Millet.
Sabri Lalileche, the Gaming Squad’s cofounder, will explain the role of his gaming and ethical social network within the esport ecosystem while making the 8 qualifiers aware of feminization, cyber harassment and online discrimination in the gaming world. They will also receive some invaluable media training in a workshop led by the journalist Barbara Klein, the host of the official Roland-Garros podcast.
Check out the teaser for the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas second live show HERE.
An exciting lineup for the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas 2021 second show, live-streamed on Gaël Monfils’ Twitch channel
Gaël Monfils and Rivenzi are back together on Twitch to host the Grand Final. As well as the international final of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas 2021, they will talk about tennis, music, cinema and gaming.
Both streamers will be joined by some very special guests, among them world-famous French DJ Martin Solveig, who will talk about his passion for tennis and the shooting of his hit Hello on Philippe-Chatrier court in 2010, which starred Novak Djokovic and Gaël Monfils.
Alex Lutz, who won the César Award for best actor in 2019, will shed the light on challenges he took up for the movie “Final Set” to play the role of a former tennis prodigy trying to make a final comeback at Roland-Garros.
Domingo, one of the few French Twitch streamers exceeding a million followers and who has become one of the platform’s leading lights for sports content, will also make a major and exclusive announcement during the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas 2021 second live show.
Fans will also be able to brush up their tennis knowledge with Rivenzi’s segment on Roland-Garros History. Plenty of other surprises are in store for viewers, with prizes to win and quizzes to take part in.
Roland-Garros, BNP Paribas, Gaël Monfils and Rivenzi look forward to welcoming you for the second live show of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas 2021 edition at 18:00 CET on Saturday May 29th. Just click on the link to join them: https://www.twitch.tv/gaelmonfils
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