Gaël Monfils is back on his Twitch channel with Rivenzi for the second live show of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas 2021, which turns out to be the climax of the world’s biggest eTennis tournament. The prize for this edition? €5,000 total prize money, a trophy and a 1-week bootcamp at Team MCES in Marseille, one of the leading French esport clubs
Paris, May 25th 2021 – 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
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
About Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas
Created in 2018, Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas are the world’s biggest eTennis tournament.
Since this year, it has been made up of qualification stages in 7 countries through esport schools/universities as well as a general public tournament open to the We Are Tennis community from BNP Paribas, title partner of the event. The Grand Final will take place at Roland-Garros. This competition gives participants the opportunity to clash on the “Tennis World Tour 2” video game developed by Nacon. Roland-Garros stands out as the only Grand Slam organizing an eTennis competition. With this new format, Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas are positioned as a springboard towards a career in esport for Grand Final’s participants and the winner, supported by the Team MCES.
Further information on Roland-Garros website.
In the eyes of sports fans, and indeed the general public, Roland-Garros is an unmissable event. The 2020 edition of Roland-Garros was broadcast in 222 countries worldwide, confirming the tournament’s status as a first-class international sporting event. Organised by the French Tennis Federation, Roland-Garros is the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on clay, one of the oldest and most noble surfaces in the history of tennis.
About BNP Paribas and tennis
BNP Paribas is one of the major worldwide partners to tennis, with an, unrivalled commitment to sport, going back to 1973. The Group’s support covers all levels and dimensions of the game all over the world, including singles, doubles, team tennis, wheelchair tennis and family tennis, ranging from beginners’ training to top professional tournaments.
- Professional Tennis: Official sponsor of Roland-Garros; title sponsor of the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas; title sponsor of three ATP Masters 1000 tournaments – the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Italian Open) in Rome; partner to the Open 13 (Marseille), the Parc de Lyon Open, the Metz Moselle Open, the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open and the Queens Championships;
- Wheelchair Tennis: BNP Paribas World Team Cup;
- Junior & University Tennis and Academies: The Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas and Junior Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas; Master’U BNP Paribas;
- Amateur Tennis: Sponsor of the BNP Paribas Family Trophy; also supporting over 1,000 amateur tournaments around the world.
- The younger generations: BNP Paribas supports over 100 deserving young tennis and wheelchair tennis players, through its ‘Team BNP Paribas Young Talents’ programmes in France (with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the French Tennis Federation), in the United States (with John and Patrick McEnroe), in Italy and in South Africa; also partner of the Roland-Garros ball-kids selections for over 20 years.
- Solidarity tennis: Supporting a number of original tennis related social engagement projects, through partnerships with more than 20 national tennis federations and dozens of tennis-based charity organisations: ‘#FAAPointsForChange‘ with Félix Auger-Aliassime; ‘Fête le Mur’ with Yannick Noah; the ‘Aces Du Cœur‘ charity programme for hospitalised children; the ‘Sound of Tennis‘ initiative for visually impaired athletes in the United States; the Israel Wheelchair Tennis Project..
- eTennis: ‘Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas’ is an eTennis tournament played all over the world on the ‘Tennis World Tour 2’ video game.
- Employee tennis: the ‘BNP Paribas We Are Tennis Cup’ is one of the largest global employee tennis tournaments in the world (3 500 participants each year).
Having entered into all these partnerships, in 2011 BNP Paribas set up a programme called We Are Tennis, whose purpose is to promote interest in the game of tennis all over the world. The wearetennis.com website and its social network accounts bring together a community of tennis lovers and dedicated fans from all continents who are keen to obtain the latest news from the ATP, WTA and ITF circuits. Furthermore, in 2015 BNP Paribas created the We Are Tennis Fan Academy, which enables fans to express their passion for tennis as never before. BNP Paribas also supports local tennis through crowdfunding campaigns designed to finance projects.
About Team MCES
MCES is a major player in esport in France (with subsidiaries in Italy and Morocco) whose objective is to develop amateur and professional practice. The amateur aspect is reflected in the development of high-quality Gaming Centers for ideal esport practice. These spaces are open in the MonClub 2.0 sports centers in Marseille and Z5 (Zidane Sport Concept) in Aix-en-Provence. Other openings are under consideration in major French cities. The MCES Academy and MCES Camps offers are organized within these play spaces, as well as in Toulouse, Bordeaux in partnership with the EGS school and in Paris with the Paris University Club. This allows the concrete implementation of the association of sport and esport, which is the DNA of the MCES project. Concerning the professional aspect, the will of MCES is to win titles on the games League of Legends (French championship LFL), Fortnite (players at the highest European level), FIFA (in co-production with the soccer club LOSC Lille), Clash of Clans (title of vice-world champion 2019), Virtual Regatta, Rocket League and Valorant (100% female team). The MCES method is to provide all the necessary services to players to improve their performance (sports practice, diet monitoring, neurocognitive performance tests, stress management, …). This method is defined and applied by Yannick Agnel, MCES sports director and double Olympic swimming champion.”