After the publication of the official calendar of tennis tournaments in the coming months, Roland Garros 2020 makes the most interesting announcement regarding the coronavirus situation. The organizers of the Parisian tournament, Bernard Giudicelli and Guy Forget during a press conference said they wanted to rule out the possibility of having the French slam played behind closed doors.
We are trying to find a solution that can guarantee the presence of fans in the stands taking into account the accommodation capacity of the facilities and all the safety protocols to be respected. Meanwhile, Marc Rosset believes Novak Djokovic would have an advantage at Roland Garros this year due to the different conditions.
Rosset: 'This may be favorable to Novak Djokovic'
"September and October has different conditions in France rather than May and June," Marc Rosset said. "Under the conditions of September / October, this may be favorable to Novak Djokovic" - he said in a recent interview with Direct News.
Speaking to Nova Tv ahead of the second stage of the Adria Tour to be held in Zadar, the World number 1 expressed his joy at being able to play the French Open. "I think it's great news that the circuit will resume. And I'm sure I speak on behalf of all the players, all the tennis fans and everyone involved in the tennis community.
This is what we have all been waiting for months," said the 17-time Grand Slam champion. "It's great that we have a roof, of course, on the Philippe Chatrier this year. This is one of the positive things that I look forward to.
It is one of the largest and most enjoyable tournaments in the world. I still love to play there and can't wait to go back." The FFT added in a statement: "The French Federation is preparing the tournament with the state services in order to define the appropriate measures which will guarantee the health and safety of all the populations present at the stadium.
All options are thus studied and evolving." The year's second Grand Slam should have started at the end of May but was moved originally by the FFT to a September 20-October 4 slot after the coronavirus pandemic forced a suspension of tennis.
It has now been moved to September 27, with an FFT statement saying it had consulted with the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation (ITF) to allow the Roland-Garros showpiece the benefit of an extra week.