Silver 2021 / Events / Sport

A Different Kind of Open

  • Prizes
    Silver in Events/Sport
  • Company
    Corbis (distributed by Getty I
  • Photographer
    Tim Clayton

At Roland Garros, Paris, France, the ATP completed its third Grand Slam event of 2020. French Open organizers had at first hoped to accommodate more than 10,000 spectators a day, but the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic forced smaller crowds and stricter regulations. With mask requirements, social distancing, and virus screening for all accredited personnel, it was an Open unlike any before. The photo essay focuses on these differences, showing the unique nature of Roland Garros during the age of COVID-19.

Tim Clayton Freelance Sports Photojournalist Tim trained at Yorkshire Post Newspapers in Leeds, UK, his home town for a decade before moving to Australia in 1990 to take up a position as Sports Photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald, which he held for 18 years. Tim left the paper in 2008 to freelance and traveled extensively for four years. He is now residing in Connecticut while shooting major sports worldwide.