Australian Open chief predicts there will be many changes to calendar



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Australian Open chief predicts there will be many changes to calendar

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley didn't want to either praise or criticize the FFT for their decision to reschedule the French Open. Last week, the FFT announced their plans to host this year's French Open from September 20 - October 04.

The new French Open directly clashes with the Laver Cup, which is scheduled to to be held in Boston from September 25-27. The Laver Cup -- which is co-owned by Roger Federer -- features some of the biggest names of the game.

"I'm not in the shoes of the French Tennis Federation so I can't comment on decisions they make. I'm pretty confident it will all eventually work out. At this point, the Laver Cup is planning to go ahead. There wasn't communication in it, but I'm not in their shoe," Tiley said during his appearance on The First Serve.

"We're in a different world right now. We've got to be in a position where we help and support each other. We're confident that this will resolve itself in the future. There's going to be many changes to the calendar as a result of this."

The ATP and WTA suspended the tours through to June 07 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Tiley admits the situation is tough but he remains optimistic that everything will work out well in the end. "The sport has really grown and thrived.

The Grand Slams are amongst the most watched sporting events globally. A lot of things have worked really well. I'm being highly optimistic, this is a horrible situation," Tiley said.