World's biggest eTennis tournament to return

Roland-Garros and BNP Paribas have announced the launch of the fourth edition of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas - an eTennis competition played on Tennis World Tour 2.

The event, which will crown the 2021 International eTennis Champion, benefits from the support of the MCES Team, one of the leading French esport clubs.

Springboard to success

Following the latest editions of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas tournament, the French Tennis Federation has decided to adopt a new concept based on the esport ecosystem, by joining forces with specialised esport schools and universities.

By choosing to collaborate with these institutions in seven different countries, the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas wants to bring to life the competition’s new ambitions and actively train young esport talents through a tournament combining competition and education.

The aim is to make this tournament a springboard for participants towards a career in esports.

This year, the MCES Team, a professional esports club, is supporting Roland-Garros eTennis tournament as well as its entrants.

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Romain Sombret, chairman and founder of the MCES Team, said:

“We have placed sport at the heart of MCES since the very beginning, and today we are very proud to collaborate with an institution as renowned as the FFT (La Federation Francaise de Tennis - French Tennis Federator), a symbol of performance and commitment.

“We cannot wait to welcome the winner of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas 2021 onto our team, to enable them to perfect their game and enjoy an immersive experience!”

All of the Grand Final’s participants will receive advice from the FFT and the MCES Team for their future esport career during a special workshop that will take place at Roland-Garros.

Amelie Oudea-Castera, Director General of the French Tennis Federation, said:

“This 4th edition of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas promises to be thrilling.

"This year, we wanted to team up with specialized esport institutions.

"Thanks to this new positioning, we hope that the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas tournament will find its place in the French and international esport ecosystem, while continuing to promote tennis and eTennis.

"We are proud to share this ambition with our partner BNP Paribas and the MCES Team, and we are eager to get this new season started,”

Enter the game

The Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas is joining forces with seven esport schools and universities established in France (Power House Gaming), Spain (e-Squad Academy), Italy (Esports Academy), Belgium (Hogeschool PXL), Germany (eSports Cologne), the United Kingdom (Staffordshire University) and Brazil (THE360) to organise the qualifying stages among their students between 14-22 April.

Each national champion will qualify for the Grand Final, which will be held at Roland-Garros the day before the French Grand Slam fortnight begins, on Saturday, 29 May.

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The eighth finalist will be the winner of an online tournament open to the general public in mainland France, whose final will be broadcast live on Twitch on Tuesday, 27 April.

Any contenders for the title can enter this tournament now on the BNP Paribas’ We Are Tennis website.

The international Grand Final will be broadcast live on Twitch and held during the French Open, where the two finalists will share a cash prize of €5,000.

After the tournament, only the winner will be invited for tests at HumanFab, a research laboratory for physical preparation for top-level sport and esport, as well as a one-week bootcamp at the MCES Team’s Gaming Center in Marseille.

Flying the flag

The UK will be represented by esports students of Staffordshire University.

The university provides a range of esports courses for students and its teams are well looked after at the specialist Esports Lab and Pro Gamer training facilities on-site.

Stuart Kosters, Course leader BA (Hons) Esports stated "We are extremely proud and honoured to represent the UK at the Roland Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas competition.

"As the 1st university to introduce an esports degree in the UK, it is our mission at Staffordshire University to help support the community with education and opportunities for all."

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