'Unilateral': Roberto Bautista Agut calls out FFT on French Open reschedule

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'Unilateral': Roberto Bautista Agut calls out FFT on French Open reschedule

The French Tennis Federation’s (FFT) decision to – and by extension, the changing – of the 2020 French Open’s dates from 20th September-4th October did not go well with the players. Beginning with Vasek Pospisil, who called out the FFT for taking a one-sided decision regarding the Major’s rescheduling, other players, too, joined in on the fray.

Most recently, Spanish no. 2 Roberto Bautista Agut also called out the FFT’s decision-making. In a video, the world no. 12 said that the FFT had taken a “unilateral” decision and that the players needed to be included in this decision-making.

Bautista Agut also underscored the problem with FFT’s newly-announced dates. The 31-year-old said that the one-week gap between the US Open and French Open was far too narrow considering that the players would be playing on different surfaces.

The change in surfaces has been highlighted as one of the problems vis-à-vis the French Open’s September rescheduling. The biggest controversy remains that the Major seemingly did not consult any other organisation – the ITF, the ATP, or the WTA, or the players themselves – before taking this call.

However, it has been reported that tournament director Guy Forget called Rafael Nadal prior to arriving at this decision and that attempts were made to reach out to the other players as well. Meanwhile, following the FFT announcement, a turf war regarding the calendar schedule erupted on social media.

The US Open put out a media release stating that the USTA was evaluating the situation and that any decision regarding potential rescheduling would be taken only after a discussion with all stakeholders of the sport, including the Laver Cup.

Talking about the Laver Cup, the event – in a media release of its own – held its ground and stated that it would adhere to its 25th-27th September schedule, in Boston.