French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli hopes to convince the French government authorities to review its limit of 5,000 spectators for an event for the Roland Garros tournament in September.
Bernard Giudicelli hopes for a wider audience for the French Open
According to a report from the JDD, Bernard Giudicelli hopes to convince the government to review its limit for 5,000 spectators for an event and hopes to increase the same to 10,000 spectators for the Roland Garros tournament in September.
The report adds that the possibility of holding a closed-door event, which was once being considered, has now been ruled out. Earlier this week, the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu commented, "We are sticking to the limit of 5,000 people for the moment because it is not only about sport but also about large cultural gatherings in public space.
There is a re-vision clause on July 11, so we will see according to the epidemic curve in France." Earlier this month, Guidicelli had said that the tournament will surely have fans in the stands. “It will be a number, a percentage which will be defined by mutual agreement with the public authorities.
This kind of option requires real cooperation with the public authorities. It is still premature to be able to give even an estimate today. We’ll have several working scenarios by the end of the month and it is only around this time that we will be able to say how we are going to organise and market the tickets.
We have not yet made a final decision." The 2020 French Open will be held at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The event was originally scheduled to be held from 24 May to 7 June. Due to the global health crisis, it was first moved to 20 September to 4 October, and was later moved a week further to 27 September to 11 October as per the latest schedule released by the governing bodies.
Rafael Nadal is the 12 time defending champion in men's singles, and Ashleigh Barty is the defending champion in women's singles. This will be the 124th edition of the French Open and the last Grand Slam event of 2020.
The US Open will be played in late August in New York and the Wimbledon Championships has been cancelled for the first time since World War II. In 2019, there were 520,000 paying spectators at the French Open.