The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced on Thursday that the start of the second Grand Slam tournament of the season (Paris Roland Garros) will be postponed by one week and will start on May 30.
FFT stated that this decision was due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus and hopes to “participate in the competition in front of as many spectators as possible because of their health and safety.”
Of course, if an epidemiological premise is created, the French hope to bring spectators back to sports and cultural events starting in mid-May.
“I am very pleased to have conversations with government officials, representatives of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), our partners, and television companies, as well as the ongoing cooperation with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Tennis Professionals Association (ATP). We were able to FFT Chairman Gilles Moretton (Gilles Moretton) stated that the release of Roland Garros (Roland Garros) in 2021 was postponed by one week.
Moretton added: “For tennis fans, athletes and atmosphere, the attendance of spectators is vital to our games, this is the most important spring sporting event.”
Moving Roland Garros to another week in June will collide with the part before Wimbledon. The Wimbledon Tennis Open will begin on June 28 this year, which is 15 days after the end of the world’s largest Red Earth Championship. For tennis players, this is nothing new, because such a game schedule has been around for many years, until a three-week schedule was established between two European Grand Slam matches.
Representatives of the ITF Grand Slam Committee and Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open expressed their support for Roland Garros (Roland Garros) postponed by one week in a joint statement. The statement said that this year’s lawn tennis season will be shortened by one week, and starting from 2022, the gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon will be restored to three weeks.
ATP and WTA issued a joint statement on Wednesday.
The statement said: “The ATP and WTA are working with all parties affected by this delay to optimize the schedule for players, games and tennis fans in the weeks following Roland Garros,” the statement said. Say.
Compared with the spring and autumn matches at the end of September last year, the start of the Paris Grand Slam was delayed by one week. But unlike the Wimbledon Tennis Open in 2020, which was not held in the Second World War, since the Second World War, Roland Garros (Roland Garros) has brought a series of uninterrupted events, even in the stands. There are spectators on the site, but the number of people per day is limited to 1,000.