French Open delays by every week attributable to Covid and crunches grass-court season


The French Open has been postponed by every week attributable to Covid-19 measures within the nation. The French Tennis Federation confirmed on Thursday that the second main of 2021 shall be shifting to a 30 Could begin as a substitute of 23 Could, with the event now attributable to end on 13 June. The postponement signifies that there’ll solely be a two-week hole between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, with the grass-court season minimize by one week because of this.

The FFT’s choice to maneuver the event again every week comes within the wake of France getting into a 3rd nationwide lockdown, with the anticipation that Covid measures will loosen up from 1 June. This might doubtlessly enable the event a larger variety of followers and hospitality companions on-site in Paris. The clay-court season began this week.

Shortly after Roland Garrros’s announcement, the ATP and WTA launched a joint assertion noting the need of an “agile strategy to the calendar” whereas Wimbledon confirmed the shortening of the grass-court season.

Roland Garros has assumed the week within the calendar reserved for the Nottingham Open ladies’s occasion, the lads’s Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart and the blended Libéma Open within the Netherlands. These tournaments might now be compelled to maneuver again so as to keep away from clashing with the main or doubtlessly even cancel for 2021. In a press release, the LTA – which organises the Nottingham occasion – stated it’s “at the moment trying on the implications for our occasions and if we might want to make modifications to our calendar”.

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Because of this, the postponement has not been acquired kindly by all. Alizé Cornet, the veteran French participant and world No 59, was advised the information late on Wednesday night time whereas being interviewed on Tennis Channel: “It stays between us, however our sport minister [Roxana Maracineanu] is a catastrophe,” Cornet stated. “I’m sorry, I’ve nothing towards her however she solely takes dangerous selections for sports activities. It’s like she doesn’t care. I do know it comes from the federal government, I’m fairly positive. It may additionally come from the event … However nonetheless, I believe it’s a reasonably egocentric choice to be as a result of the calendar goes to undergo from this postponement.”


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