French Open: is there a risk of postponement?

The classic clay court was originally supposed to take place from May 23rd to June 6th. Because of the nationwide lockdown, the French Open could be postponed.

As a result of the nationwide lockdown in France, this year’s French Open be postponed for a few days. The French government has already discussed a “delay of a few days” with the organizers of the Grand Slam tournament, as the Ministry of Sports announced to the AFP news agency on Tuesday.

So far, the classic clay court will take place from May 23rd to June 6th, the start of qualification is scheduled a week in advance. The initially four-week lockdown is scheduled to end in early May, i.e. before the tournament starts.

Spectator: Question has yet to be clarified

The admission of viewers was therefore already an issue in the discussions between the ministry and those responsible at Roland Garros. Last year, the French Open had been postponed by four months to September. At that time, only 1,000 viewers per day were allowed on the system in Paris.

Most recently, the president of the French tennis association FFT, Gilles MorettonConfirmed that the tournament can take place despite the ongoing corona crisis. However, he wants to keep many options open when it comes to viewer admission. “I don’t dare to think about full utilization. But we can also start behind closed doors and then increase to a level that is below 100 percent, “said the 63-year-old.

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