Tennis Article

French Open Re-Scheduled for September Start

French Open Re-Scheduled for September Start Photo: TT
Rafael Nadal of Spain posing during the awarding ceremony after the men's singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria at French Open

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) have confirmed that the 2020 French Open has officially been re-scheduled until September due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Roland Garros event was scheduled to take place in Paris from May 24 to June 7 but will be postponed for health and safety reasons in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

FFT announced that the re-scheduled event would take place from September 20 to October 4, pending review.

The proposed new dates create a headache in the tennis calendar, given the clay court event would commence only a week after the US Open final on hard court.

“The whole world is affected by the public health crisis connected with COVID-19,” the FFT statement read.

“Though nobody is able to predict what the situation will be on 18th May, the current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with our preparations and, as a result, we are unable to hold the tournament on the dates originally planned.

“In order to act responsibly and protect the health of its employees, service providers and suppliers during the organisation period, the FFT has chosen the only option that will allow them to maintain the 2020 edition of the tournament while joining the fight against COVID-19.”

There hasn’t been a similar announcement yet from Wimbledon organisers, despite the event being scheduled to run from June 29.

The ATP have previously suspended all competition up until the week of April 20, while the WTA has suspended tournament until May 2.

Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty are the current reigning French Open champions.

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