Like in a chess match, the French Open organizers made their move, anticipating the decisions of ATP, WTA and ITF, postponing the 2020 French Open edition to the fall, perhaps protecting Rafael Nadal and spiting Roger Federer.
A controversial decision, which has set a precedent in the history of the tournament and in the whole history of tennis. Covid-19 pandemic forced tennis to a stop that started from Indian Wells and which will last at least until 7 June 2020, hoping that the situation will improve in the coming weeks and that there will be no further slips due to the spread of the Coronavirus, despite the situation is undergoing evolution and evaluation.
In full and total autonomy, Organizers moved Roland Garros from 20 September to 4 October 2020, with the start scheduled one week after the US Open final. A unilateral decision, which attracted much criticism, even from tennis players and insiders.
It would seem that the organizers of the French Open didn't ask for any opinion, perhaps not even Rafael Nadal. However, neither the Spaniard nor Roger Federer has so far made any statements regarding the situation. If this move, on the one hand, protects Nadal, who will be able to defend the 2019 title, on the other hand, but spiting Roger Federer who, given the overlapping of those dates, he should play the Laver Cup in Boston.
Although WTA took a stand against choosing to move the French Open in early Autumn, there are still no further decisions about the award of points or prize money. Perhaps French insubordination may not have immediate consequences this season, but who knows if Roger Federer will decide to participate in the next editions of the Roland Garros before his retirement?