The decision of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to move Roland Garros to September could have important repercussions on the calendar of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The fear of having to give up on the tournament after the huge investments made has pushed the organizers of the French Open to a move as daring as it is questionable, if we consider that the Parisian Slam will begin just a week after the conclusion of the US Open.
In the Open Era, it had never happened that two Majors were so close, without forgetting the different surfaces and the six hours of time zone. After undergoing knee surgery last month, Roger Federer had ruled out participating in the clay court season.
The change of date would seem to benefit him in a certain aspect, except that the French Open coincides with the Laver Cup, of which he is one of the founders. The format offers a unique concept of Team Europe against Team World.
The Laver Cup released a statement saying that the French Open’s schedule change came as a surprise to them but they still intend to host the tournament. In a recent interview with Swiss publication Tages Anzeiger, Swiss Fed Cup captain Heinz Guenthardt was asked if he thought Federer and Godsick would be reluctant to postpone the Laver Cup.
"No certainly not," he said. "Nor can I imagine Federer insisting on the date of the Laver Cup. It is very possible that [Wimbledon and French Open] cannot take place as planned. What the French did: They were the first to book this optimal date in autumn.
As late as possible in autumn, but still early enough to be able to play outside. Perhaps the US Open or Wimbledon would also have liked this date? So the French Open rushed ahead and secured that date first."