While the decision of the French Tennis Federation to move the Roland Garros Grand Slam tournament from May to September has received support from some quarters in France, French tennis player Jeremy Chardy says he was not happy that the decision was taken without consulting the players or the tour.
Speaking to L'Equipe, Chardy says, "Yes, I'm obviously happy that Roland-Garros is being organized. For us French players, it is the most beautiful tournament. But on Tuesday, I didn't know that no one in the tennis world was aware of this decision.
And it's shocking, and dangerous for the Tour. If everyone does like Roland-Garros, it is anarchy. For me it is a mistake, a very risky move, that of getting rid of the ATP, the other Grand Slams, the tournament directors and the players."
The decision by the French Tennis Federation to move their date from May to September has met with a lot of backlash from the players and other tennis bodies, who say they were not consulted by the French Tennis Federation and that making such a unilateral move could create problems for many other tournaments.
The decision of Roland Garros means that several ATP & WTA tournaments scheduled in those 2 weeks as well as the Laver Cup, organized by Roger Federer's management team, will be affected by the move. The ATP & WTA Tours came out with a statement yesterday saying that all events till June 7th would be canceled and that any further changes would be made on consultation with all the other tennis bodies, but excluded the French Tennis Federation from the press statement.