In the last few hours the news has come of the one-week postponement of Roland Garros, which will start on May 30 in Paris. The complex health situation in France forced us to take this decision, in the hope of being able to welcome at least a slice of the public as had happened in October last year.
However, the slight shift of the second seasonal Grand Slam risks having a significant impact on the very busy tennis calendar. The time frame between the French Open and Wimbledon will in fact be reduced from three to two weeks, a change that could affect the schedules of some players.
The first that comes to mind is undoubtedly Roger Federer, who had expressed a desire to play some tournaments on red before the Championships. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is on the entry list of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, scheduled for the first week of May, even if this does not guarantee his effective presence in the Spanish capital.
The Wimbledon Championships will begin as planned
Many wonder if Roger Federer will choose to play a very tough tournament like Roland Garros, which includes best-of-five matches. His last appearance in Paris dates back to 2019, when he reached the semi-finals by clearly yielding to his eternal rival Rafael Nadal.
In general, the former world number 1 has only visited Porte d'Auteuil once in the last five years and the impression is that this statistic is not set to improve in 2021. The 39-year-old from Basel will not put his life at risk.
his preparation for Wimbledon to play such an expensive tournament in which he has very little chance of winning. Maybe the Swiss will opt for a couple of tournaments on red (Madrid and Geneva/Rome) and then fly directly to Halle.
A super busy summer awaits King Roger, with the Tokyo Olympics being his other great goal of the season. A gold medal in singles would allow him to fill even one of the very few gaps in his boundless bulletin board. The statement also confirmed that there would be no change to the schedule of Wimbledon itself, with 21 June continuing to be the start date.
"The Championships will begin as planned on 28 June 2021, with Qualifying taking place from 21 June 2021," the statement read. "The grasscourt season between Roland-Garros and Wimbledon will return to three weeks from 2022."
Whether the postponement of Roland Garros and the subsequent slashing of the grasscourt season will have any implications for Roger Federer, who will be looking to make another run for the title this year at SW19, remains to be seen.