French Open organisers not considering cancellation' over coronavirus outbreak

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French Open organisers not considering cancellation' over coronavirus outbreak

While several tennis tournaments have been cancelled or affected by the coronavirus, organizers of the French Open Grand Slam have said they are studying different scenarios but are not considering a postponement or cancellation of the clay court Grand Slam event, which starts in May.

The French Open is scheduled to get underway on May 24th and goes on until June 7th. French authorities have decided to cancel events in confined spaces involving more than 5,000 people, but the French Open is not affected is not affected by that decision.

French Tennis Federation (FFT) director general Jean-Francois Vilotte commented, "We are on a 13-hectare site which allows the flow of spectators to be organised very differently from football stadiums." Organizers said that some of the measures being considered include distribution of "gel and mask kits" and "cancellation of tickets for holders from affected areas" in order to "minimize the risk of contagion"

Vilotte also said that the new Court Philippe Chatrier roof would not make the showpiece arena a "confined space" "Even with the roof closed, Court Philippe Chatrier is an outdoor court. It is covered, but there are spaces between the stands and the roof which make it not a confined enclosure."

In 2019, 520,000 spectators attended the tournament over the fortnight which was a record. Last year, the French Open tournament was won by Spain's Rafael Nadal for a record 12th time on the men's side and Australia's Ash Barty, who won her first Grand Slam singles title in Paris last year, on the women's side.