The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has announced that the French Open start date has been pushed back for September 27. On March 17 -- just a few days after the Tours were suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak -- the FFT rescheduled the French Open for a September 20 start.
FFT's decision to move the French Open to September without consulting with the remaining six seven stakeholders caused anger in the tennis community and the FFT received lots of criticism for their unilateral decision.
But after it became obvious that there was no way that the French Open would start in late May, the FFT were forgiven for their actions. The French Open qualifying will now take place from September 21-25, while the main event is scheduled to be held from September 27 - October 11.
"After discussions with the different international tennis authorities (ATP, WTA and ITF) and subject to any health and safety obligations linked to COVID-19," the FFT announced, per Tennis.com. "We are currently analyzing the option to slightly modify the dates of Roland-Garros 2020 in order to host the tournament over three weeks, from 21 September to October 11, 2020."
The decision to push back the French Open date for a week will now help players prepare better for the lone clay Grand Slam event. The US Open is scheduled to take place from August 31 - September 11 and players will now have two weeks to make a switch from hard to clay.
Last week, hosting the French Open without spectators was ruled out.