The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced on Tuesday, 17th April that the 2020 edition of the French Open will be held between 20th September-4th October. The escalating situation vis-à-vis the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) forced the reshuffling of the dates of the second Major of the year.
Previously, according to the usual schedule of the tennis calendar, the French Open was to be held from 18th May to 7th June. In its announcement, on the official web page of the tournament, the FFT said the decision was made after taking into account the unknown nature of the situation on the original date of the event’s start.
Earlier, prior to this announcement, the constructional work on Philippe Chatrier stadium was stopped because of the worsening in the scenario because of COVID-19. The new dates mean that Roland Garros will be held in the following week after the US Open that is to take place between 31st August-13th September.
Likewise, it is also expected that the French Open’s realigned dates would mean a cancellation of the Laver Cup that was to take place in Boston between 25th-27th September. Speaking about the decision, FFT President, Bernard Giudicelli said, “We have made a difficult yet brave decision in this UNPRECEDENTED situation, which has evolved greatly since last weekend.
We are acting responsibly, and must work together in the fight to ensure everybody’s health and safety”. The FFT announcement also stated that those fans who had already purchased the tickets would either be refunded or their tickets would be adjusted in the event’s new dates.
FFT’s announcement comes after French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to put France in lockdown to put a check on the widening spread of COVID-19. Macron had announced that from midday (local time) on 17th March, France would be on lockdown. Photo Credit: French Open Twitter