Germany's Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies have become the fourth to defend their title at the French Open. Krawietz and Mies, seeded at No. 8, haanded straight-set defeat to No. 7 seeds Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares 6-3 7-5 in the French Open doubles final.
Krawietz and Mies claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game and faced no break points in the rest of the set to claim the opener. The second set appeared to be heading to a tie-break but then Pavic and Soares blew three consecutive game points in the 11th game as Krawietz and Mies broke the No.
7 seeds for a 6-5 lead. Still Pavic and Soares had a chance to force a tie-break but Krawietz and Mies saved two break points in the 12th game, before realizing their second championship point.
Krawietz made the headlines several months ago
While the tennis season was suspended, Krawietz worked at a local Lidl.
Krawietz, who captured his maiden Grand Slam title with Mies at the French Open last year, made the headlines with his decision to accept a job in Lidl. "Sometimes as a player you might complain about the practice balls, or the weather, or the transport, and I don't think I will do that again," Krawietz told Sportsmail in April.
"Now I recognise that I'm very lucky to have the job I have, and that my dream came true."
Krawietz didn't take the job because he needed money.
"It isn't for the money, as luckily we did well last year," Krawietz said at the time.
"I was getting very bored in the lockdown and a friend of mine works at Lidl. He joked to me and another friend (former ATP player Hannes Wagner) that they were looking for people to work at the supermarket. "In the end he came back and said there's a job for you, but you have to start in three days, so we thought we would try it.
I was looking for a new experience, and while it is not the same as being a doctor, working for a supermarket right now is a very important job in helping the community." Working at Lidl helped Krawietz how blessed he is to be a tennis player.
"I've had some early starts at 5:30 am to do the shelves, and there have been later ones finishing at 8 30 pm when I do the carts," Krawietz said. "Sometimes I have to stand in front of the store and organise the people going in.
At our store everyone must have a cart to help the distancing, and you have to explain that to them even if they are just going in to buy a piece of fruit or something. One of the jobs is to disinfect the trollies by spraying them.
"It's when I am standing out there that I have had quite a few people saying, 'You look like that tennis player' I am that tennis player, so it's been quite funny."