French Open postponed by a week amid COVID-19 crisis

Source : Sky Sports

Rolland Garros has been postponed by one week and will take place from May 30 to June 13. Wimbledon is set to start two weeks after the final of the Rolland Garros. The organizers are hoping that the restrictions are relaxed towards the end of May. They hope to have the tournament “in front of as many spectators as possible”. In case the tournament was held on the previous date, no fans would have been allowed to enjoy the spectacle.

“Tennis has required an agile approach to the calendar over the past 12 months in order to manage the challenges of the pandemic, and this continues to be the case. The decision to delay the start of Roland-Garros by one week has been made in the context of recently heightened COVID restrictions in France, with the additional time improving the likelihood of enhanced conditions and the ability to welcome fans at the event. Both the WTA and ATP are working in consultation with all parties impacted by the postponement to optimize the calendar for players, tournaments, and fans, in the lead up to and following Roland-Garros. Further updates will be communicated in due course.” the WTA/ATP said in a statement.

The 2020 Roland Garros was rescheduled due to the pandemic and took place in October. Limited fans were allowed into the grounds and the organizers are hoping to increase this number this year around.



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