For the first time in history, Roland Garros stands as the last Major of this turbulent season, with the organizers taking a shot in the dark to place it in the week of September 20, just seven days after the finish of the US Open!
Thus, the players will have to endure the ultimate test of playing two Majors in five weeks on two continents and different surfaces, an obstacle that could prove to be too much to handle even for Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic.
With a coronavirus still raging on in Western Europe, all tournaments on clay in April, May and the first week of June are canceled, leaving players with no incomes for three straight months. That will affect all the lower-ranked competitors and that's why Andrey Rublev believes it is a good thing to hold Roland Garros at any point of the season rather than shutting it down completely.
A former junior champion in Paris is ready for the challenge of hosting the US Open and Roland Garros in a couple of weeks, skipping the clay Major in 2018 and 2019 due to injuries. Without talking with other Majors, ATP, WTA, ITF or players themselves, the organizers announced September 20 as the first day of the competition at Roland Garros, causing more turbulence in these chaotic times and not making the players particularly happy about the decision, especially after learning that on Twitter instead of some official statement.
"At first, I was surprised by the announcement, but I think it's better to play Roland Garros later than to suspend the event completely. Unlike team sports, tennis players don't have a monthly salary. We earn money based on the results we get in tournaments; if we don't play, we can't get anything. I believe this is good news, with Roland Garros that offers big prize money for many players."