Due to the sharp increase in infections in France in recent weeks and the consequent lockdown, the news has come that Roland Garros will be postponed by a week compared to the original dates. The second seasonal Grand Slam, which last year was held exceptionally in October, will therefore start on 30 May and will end on Sunday 13 June.
This postponement also means that there will be only a two-week gap between the French Open final and the start of Wimbledon, a not inconsiderable detail in the programming of some players. The first name that comes to mind is undoubtedly that of Roger Federer, long absent from the fields and intent on reaching top form in time for the Championships.
The former world number 1 is expected to start his clay court season in Madrid in the first week of May. The postponement of Roland Garros could, however, change his plans, given that the 'Noventi Open' in Halle will begin the day after the last act of the Parisian Grand Slam.
During an interview with L'Equipe, Marc Rosset suggested to King Roger not to shorten his calendar too much.
Rosset comments on Roger Federer's clay season
"I do not see why Roger Federer would not play at Roland Garros," Marc Rosset told L'Equipe.
"There, he is on the physical preparation with Pierre Paganini. But afterwards, you have to go on the field, play games." Marc Rosset, however, believes it would make sense for the 20-time Grand Slam champion to play in Paris - and even better if he were to reach the semifinal.
"If he (Roger Federer) were to reach the semi-final, it would be the best preparation for Wimbledon," the Swiss said. The clay-court season is up and running, and the first major event in the two-month-long clay swing of the season is the Monte Carlo Masters 2021.
Although the event is stacked with players, it is still an optional ATP Masters 1000 tournament, thus many players have withdrawn for better match practice or because of injuries. Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem are among the elite names missing from the event, among others.
Monte Carlo has been Federer’s Achilles heel. He has not won a single title there and lately hasn’t been participating much in the event. Federer made his much-anticipated return to tennis in Doha last month but suffered a second-round exit. He is preparing to play some clay-court tournaments and is thus preparing for them.