The Roland Garros in May with the crowd
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 4333
The Roland Garros 2021 will be done with the presence of the crowd. The French Federation itself announced the tournament from May 17 to June 6 after being forced last year to postpone it to autumn. The new management team of the French Tennis Federation intends to confirm the organization of Roland Garros for the next edition by trying to maximize the number of people who will be able to attend the matches.
This was announced by the new general director of the organization, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra. These are his words: "Our will is to be able to organize the tournament on the scheduled dates and with the highest number of spectators, subject to what we will be allowed to do by the authorities, taking into account the decisions of the government and with the extremely ambitious and rigorous application of a very well studied health protocol." Last year, with the pandemic in its first wave, the Federation decided to postpone the tournament in the autumn and limit the audience to 1,000 spectators per day on the total of the fields.
So after the conclusion of the first seasonal Slam tournament, the Australian Open, which was played with the possibility for the crowd to attend with a limit of 50% of seats, it will now be the turn of the Parisian tournament to manage a situation that remains delicate.
but that by doing all the necessary precautions, he could make fans from all over Europe return to attend a Major in person. It is inevitable that today's decision can be revoked in the hypothesis in which the cases of contagion return to rise or it could happen that the tournament continues but that the entrances are forbidden.
A similar situation occurred in Melbourne during the first week of the tournament, when following an outbreak identified in an airport hotel, the government of the State of Victoria had ordered a total lockdown for a week.
The first slam of the season has just ended but the interests of fans, professionals and journalists have already turned to the next big appointment of the tour, the second major of the year, the Roland Garros 2021. A tournament that for the first time will be played less than 12 months after the previous one, which in fact took place in the autumn, and which is unlikely to find its standards again due to a vaccination campaign that is struggling to take off in the European Union.
The big meeting in Paris is set for May 17th, the starting date of the tournament, so the time is rather short and the things to organize are many and above all very delicate. As expected, the uncertainty is massive, little information is circulating and, inevitably, everything will depend on how much Europe manages to secure itself in late spring.