Happening on September 3 to 19 at the Polo Club of the Domaine de Chantilly, the 20th anniversary edition of the French Open—the most prestigious competition in France—now has 10 teams signed up.
The 2021 games will once again welcome some great players who participated in last year’s edition. They include young prodigy Jeta Castagnola, who has remained loyal to Edouard Carmignac’s French team Talandracas, along with Chilean-Irish Tommy Beresford, winner of the 2020 French Open and finalist in the Copa Camara last December.
So far, eight players of the Argentine “alta temporada” have already confirmed their presence.
While the entries are not yet final, the Engel & Völkers 2021 French Open will already feature at least seven players from the great Argentinean season. Thus, in addition to Jeta Castagnola and Tommy Beresford, the public will discover Jero Del Caril (in the French team Kazak) and see Martin Aguerre Jr (Marquard Media, SUI), Clemente Zavaleta (Sainte-Mesme, FRA), Rufino Bensadon and Juan-Gris Zavaleta (Le Pommeraye, FRA), and Tito Ruiz Guiñazu and Facundo Llorente (La Magdeleine, FRA).
Fifteen French players also appear on the list, including seven captains—French 6-goalers Brieuc Rigaux (Britanny Polo) and Pierre-Henri Ngoumou (Mungo), 5-goalers Patrick Paillol (Kazak) and Clément Delfosse (for the German team Schockemöhle who, like La Magdeleine, will return from the English high goal season), and mixed 4-goaler Caroline Anier, (Le Pommeraye), the best French women player of all time. Another French team, with the young French hopeful Sam Sztarkmann, Majoa Polo Team, will tip the odds, having teamed up three 5-goaler Argentineans.
The French Open is a beautiful and enchanting interlude in the largest club in France. Eight playing fields in a natural setting, beautiful images of the sport’s fighting spirit full of emotion in a very leisurely atmosphere during the week, often at sunset. The Tacos Bar, the polo food-truck, is always there on the edge of the field to quench thirsts and appease small appetites. On weekends, the matches are commented on, which makes them more understandable for the general public.
Fridays are particularly festive with the famous convivial aperitifs in the “Orangerie” along the fields of honor with entertainment after the day’s match. On the day of the finals, there will be a prestigious village with stores and entertainment, an “Orangerie” that turns into an upscale restaurant, a champagne bar, and perfect chic picnic areas that run the whole length of the field. The French Open is a unique opportunity to discover a country sport in a friendly setting, out of the ordinary.
Photographs from R&B Presse/P.Renauldon