French Open postponed to May 30 amid COVID-19 disaster

This 12 months’s French Open has been postponed by per week as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and will start on May 30, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) stated on Thursday.

The clay courtroom Grand Slam, which was postponed by 4 months final 12 months and happened in entrance of restricted crowds, will end on June 13, two weeks earlier than the anticipated begin of Wimbledon.

The postponement is ready to have an influence on the ATP and WTA calendars, particularly on the grasscourt season with tournaments scheduled to begin on June 7 in s’Hertogenbosch (WTA and ATP) Stuttgart (ATP) and Nottingham (WTA).

FFT President Gilles Moreton stated it had made the choice after consulting with public authorities, the governing our bodies of worldwide tennis, and its companions and broadcasters.

It hoped the delay would allow them to welcome extra followers on the grounds than final 12 months, when just one,000 had been allowed at Roland Garros each day.

“It will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimize our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros,” he added.

“For the fans, the players and the atmosphere, the presence of spectators is vital for our tournament, the spring’s most important international sporting event.

The FFT had been heavily criticized for postponing last year’s tournament until the end of September without consulting the elite men’s and women’s tours, who this time have been kept in the loop.

“Both the ATP and WTA are working in session with all events impacted by the postponement to optimize the calendar for gamers, tournaments, and followers, within the lead as much as and following Roland-Garros,” the WTA and ATP said in a joint statement.

France last Saturday entered a third nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, with President Emmanuel Macron saying he was hoping to “re-open” the nation round mid-May.

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