On this occasion, there was a consensus in the decision made by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) with the ATP and WTA, regarding its change of date for its next edition. After the Roland Garros organization was delayed a week with respect to its date due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this way, it will be played from May 30 to June 13. Following the announcement made by the FFT, the ATP and WTA released a joint statement on the postponement of the tournament. “Tennis has been subjected to an agile calendar approach in the last 12 months to face the challenges posed by the pandemic and this is one more case.
The decision to delay the start of Roland Garros for a week has been taken in the context of the increase in restrictions recently imposed in France, in order to buy time to improve conditions and the likelihood of welcoming fans into the tournament."
Both the ATP and the WTA are working in collaboration with the parties involved in the postponement to optimize the schedule for players, tournaments and fans around Roland Garros. New updates will be communicated in due course, ”the statement said.
At least in this decision, there was a union between the bodies involved in "white sport", unlike last year where Roland Garros made its decision and changed its dates without prior notice, causing great controversy in the rest of the professional circuit.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have developed a stranglehold over men's tennis in recent times. The 'Big 3' have dominated the sport for over 15 years, amassing a total of 58 Grand Slam titles between them and breaking almost every record in history.
In that context, former World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic recently explained why the generation preceding this legendary trio didn't have the same kind of longevity and success.
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"The way Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray cover the court, in all aspects, 3–4 meters behind the baseline and 2 yards inside the baseline, is just a completely different level to what it was before," Janko Tipsarevic said.
"(This) changes the spectacle offered by the champions and the level of requirement that must be reached in order to be able to worry them." The French President has offered some optimism lately. If the COVID-19 cases aren’t alarming, then France could soon open up cultural and sporting events by mid-May.
So it all now depends on France’s coronavirus management and whether the cases decrease in France and the rest of the world.