French minister of sport Jean-Michel Blanquer has said that 1,000 fans per court will be allowed at the French Open. The French Open, which was pushed back for a week, is set to start on May 30 and will feature a limited number of fans.
"As of May 30 the rate will be 35 percent, or (at maximum) 1,000 per court,” Blanquer said, as revealed on Tennis Majors. “That is more than in 2020”. Said Blanquer, “Are we able to invent some system with a pass for exceptions? We are having a look at that.
I can add that we are driven by the sanitary situation at this precise moment, so we are working to create protocols in the frame decided by President Macron."
The vaccine won't be mandatory for fans
"The vaccine will not be mandatory to go there.
But we are working on a sanitary pass with the European Union that might be used in the future. It will allow us to have thousands of spectators (in other stadiums) in June. "There is no compulsory vaccine (to attend Roland-Garros), but there is the health pass that is looming.
With your Tous anti-COVID application, at the beginning of June you will have to show that you are either vaccinated or Covid-negative and that may be, in the future, a condition for entering the stadium. The health pass has a real future in sports for outdoor events; it will allow us to have thousands of spectators in the stadiums from June”.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal won a record 13th French Open title last year after beating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final. Nadal, who suffered a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal loss but then won the Barcelona Open, will again be the top favorite to win it all at Roland Garros.
However, it won't be easy as 18-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic is determined to win his second French Open title this year.