The coronavirus pandemic has made the biggest chaos in tennis in the Open era, forcing the officials to cancel 13 tournaments in total so far, including no less than five Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.
The action could return after Roland Garros (which doesn't sound likely at the moment, though) and the organizers of the second Major of the season had decided to act quickly, changing the date of the event and scheduling it for September 20, just seven days after the US Open final!
If that choice becomes a reality, Roland Garros will serve as the last Major of the season for the first time in history, forcing players to embrace a brutal challenge and compete at two of the most significant tennis events in five weeks, on two continents and different surfaces.
The Spanish veteran and the Madrid Open tournament director Feliciano Lopez is aware of the problems caused by the new schedule of the only clay Major in the calendar but also believes the majority of players would choose to play both the US Open and Roland Garros.
Asked about the Madrid Open, Feliciano said it was impossible to stage it in 2020, already looking forward to the next edition in May 2021. "It is an emergency situation. If it finally turns out that way, I imagine that the majority of players would want to play, with a few choosing to skip Roland Garros.
This change of surface has usually happened to us with the Davis Cup, going from one surface to another in less than five days. Even at Wimbledon, now there are three weeks away from Roland Garros but there were two in the past, going from clay to grass in such a short time.
Unfortunately, we are not capable of hosting the Madrid Open in 2020. People in the organization are sad, although the situation was not very hopeful seeing the latest events. It is a hard blow but we are already looking for the 2021 edition.
I'm doing a lot of cycling these days. I also have medicine balls, running where I can around my home and having video conversations with my coach. A little bit of everything while waiting to see how the tournaments will unfold."