1988 French Open runner-up Henri Leconte has suggested that the best option would be to call off this year's edition of Roland Garros and turn focus on the 2021 tournament edition. The French Open was initially scheduled to take place in its traditional date -- late-May and early-June -- but the coronavirus pandemic postponed the tournament.
On March 17, the French Tennis Federation announced its decision to reschedule the French Open for a late-September and early-October date. The season has been suspended for two months now and there won't be any events taking place until at least mid-July -- but the growing fear is that the whole season will eventually get cancelled.
The French Tennis Federation officials confirmed staging Roland Garros without fans is an option. "I think that staging Roland-Garros behind the closed doors has no interest. In interest for who? For the sponsors, certainly not.
For the players, it will be difficult to manage. Better to cancel and leave for 2021 with a real season," Leconte told L'Equipe.
Leconte enjoyed his best Grand Slam results at Roland Garros as he made his maiden Grand Slam singles final at the tournament in 1988.
"Je pense que faire Roland-Garros à huis clos, ça n'a aucun intérêt.
Un intérêt pour qui ? Pour les partenaires, certainement pas. Pour les joueurs, ça va être difficile à gérer (...) Il vaut mieux annuler et repartir pour 2021 avec une vraie saison" https://t.co/2uREoIYZQn — Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) May 13, 2020
Leconte claimed his maiden Grand Slam at the French Open in 1984, when he and fellow Frenchman Yannick Noah won the doubles title at Roland Garros.