The French Open will begin nearly two weeks later than it was initially scheduled as a result of ongoing COIVD-19 pandemic. The event was set to start on Could 17 however won’t begin till Could 30 as an alternative, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) introduced on Thursday.
France has been compelled to enter lockdown as a result of current rise in coronavirus instances throughout the nation. On Wednesday, the French Well being Ministry reported that 5,729 folks had been within the ICU on account of COVID-19, the very best quantity because the early days of the pandemic. President Emmanuel Macron mentioned that he hoped the lockdown would assist the variety of COVID-19 instances to drop, permitting France to re-open by mid-Could.
That is the second consecutive 12 months that the event has been delayed, because it was pushed again till September in 2020 as a result of pandemic. FFT president Gilles Moreton mentioned that he hoped the delay would enable followers to attend the French Open.
“It would give the well being state of affairs extra time to enhance and will optimise our probabilities of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros,” Moreton mentioned in an announcement.
With the delay, the French Open will now finish on June 13, simply two weeks earlier than Wimbledon is at present scheduled to start.