The French-Hungarian duo captured their fourth major together as a team and are the first back-to-back women's doubles champions in Paris since Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual won the title in 2008 and 2009.
It was the fifth Grand Slam title for Mladenovic but surely her most satisfying, less than a month after she and Babos were disqualified from the US Open and the Frenchwoman was forced to spend 10 days inside her New York hotel room because she had spent time with Benoit Paire before he tested positive for the coronavirus on the eve of the event.
In a long, emotional on-court speech, Mladenovic thanked Babos for helping her through it all and speaking in her press conference later, she explained what it meant to her to win the title after such a difficult time.
“Basically I was isolated for two weeks, 10 days exactly in the room,” she said. “I couldn't do anything. But it's overall two weeks, because it started the day before the tournament started. And it affected me so much mentally but also physically.
“Especially when you're French and when you love as much as me competing in Roland-Garros, and when this thing happened to you like two weeks before Roland-Garros, I cannot tell you how bad my preparation was, even though we tried everything to be ready.
“But my body was not following. Of course, mentally (it) was tough. I had also a tough outcome in my first-round singles (at Roland-Garros). I was on the edge. I wanted to be great on court for my partner, because we deserved it after what happened to us in US Open. We couldn't compete.
“To lift here the trophy…it's always special, but this time you cannot imagine like what relief and what pride it is to actually, even for me personally, to leave this tournament with such a reward that I cannot -- I still have to, like, wake up and believe it's actually true.”