Former ATP star: 'I cannot imagine Roger Federer misses the French Open'

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Former ATP star: 'I cannot imagine Roger Federer misses the French Open'

The organizers of the Laver Cup, a competition conceived by Roger Federer, confirmed that the fourth edition will be held as scheduled in Boston from 25 to 27 September, despite the concurrence with Roland Garros, originally scheduled for May 24 to June 7, but postponed in late September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And the move has created concomitances also with several other tournaments: Metz, St. Petersburg, Chengdu, Sofia and Zhuhai in the men's circuit and those of Guangzhou, Seoul, Wuhan and Tokyo in the women's tour. Lyon Open tournament director Thierry Ascione thinks there is only one option the Swiss Maestro can take.

"I cannot imagine [Federer misses the French Open] to be honest. I can't for the moment," Ascione told Express Sport. "I cannot imagine that players prefer to play the Laver Cup than the French Open. But if they do I don't have answers to this because I think it is impossible.

I think if they play Laver Cup instead of Roland Garros they do what they want. That's their career but I think they have to move something or I don't know. Honestly, I can understand that it is a private conversation and private economic things.

But to think the Laver Cup is more important than Wimbledon or Roland Garros, there is no... in terms of fans, history, I am sure the players will go to the French Open. If they don't that is their choice but I am French, that's my point of view."

He added: "It's tough to talk about that because what is the most important? Laver Cup or French Open? Even if the Laver Cup has the date and they have been doing it for three years now, I think for the tennis world and the institution of tennis the Grand Slam is much more important than the Laver Cup.

I cannot imagine that somebody is saying something different than this. Moving Roland Garros is good move, but the way it has been done is maybe not the right way. I think the most important thing in tennis is the Grand Slams."