Audience and Roland Garros: the decision of the French government arrives. After many discussions, opinions, delays, there is finally clarity on the public frame that will accompany the French Open, the start of which has been postponed by two weeks compared to the originally scheduled date.
The news of the day is what the French government has communicated through the minister of sport, Jean-Michel Blanquer, and reported by the Reuters agency: at Roland Garros 2021 there will be public and to a greater extent than what was seen in the edition - played in autumn - last year.
The capacity, however, will be reduced: the main fields, in fact, will be able to accommodate up to a maximum of one thousand people per facility, a capacity that will also be increased during the last four days of the tournament, namely for the four semifinals and the two finals.
of the Slam. As for the secondary fields, access will be guaranteed up to 35% of capacity while obviously maintaining the limit of one thousand maximum spectators on each field. The most interesting news, as previously mentioned, probably concerns the very h*t phases of the Parisian Grand Slam: from 9 June the two main courses of Porte d’Auteu - Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen - will be able to host spectators up to a maximum of 5,000.
This explains the two weeks delay compared to the original starting date of the most important clay court tournament on the world circuit. While Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated the men's game for over a decade and a half, a newer generation of players has been knocking on the door in the recent past.
During the course of the podcast, Andre Agassi answered questions about both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and what made the legendary duo so special.
Agassi reflects on Rafael Nadal
"Plus his power of movement, his strength and endurance, and his physicality are kind of unmatched right?" the American continued.
Andre Agassi also made it a point to mention Novak Djokovic - whom he coached for a brief period in 2018 - alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. "So you have him (Rafael Nadal) bringing that into it and then I know you only asked me about those two guys, but then Novak has his own sort of thing that he brings to the table," Agassi added.
"So when you look at these great players they always do something that nobody else does and that's what gives them the chance to sit at number one for a period of time."