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Roland-Garros 2021 postponed for per week, set to begin Could 30, report says

Final yr’s French Open was delayed for 4 months and was held in September and October as an alternative of its future from Could to June.

Consultant picture. AFP

Paris: The Roland-Garros 2021 tennis match will probably be delayed for per week, a supply near the organizers introduced on Wednesday.

The clay courtroom Grand Slam occasion was scheduled to begin on Could 23, however will now start on Could 30 in hopes that extra followers can attend Roland Garros.

Final yr’s French Open was delayed for 4 months and was held in September and October as an alternative of its future from Could to June.

Crowds have been restricted to only 1,000 spectators every day.

Coronavirus restrictions have been tightened throughout France final Wednesday, though all skilled sport continues, however behind closed doorways. President Emmanuel Macron has expressed the want to reopen cinemas, museums and theaters in mid-Could.

On Tuesday, the French Sports activities Ministry mentioned AFP the federal government was discussing a doable delay of “just a few days”.

French participant Alize Cornet criticized Sports activities Minister Roxana Maracineanu and Macron’s authorities over the postponement.

“It stays between us however our Sports activities Minister is a catastrophe. Sorry,” Cornet advised the Tennis chain after her second spherical victory over Elise Mertens on the WTA occasion in Charleston, USA on Wednesday.

“I am sorry, I’ve nothing towards her however she solely makes dangerous sports activities choices like she does not care. And I do know it is from the federal government, I am fairly positive.”

“(It) may additionally come from the match as a result of I heard they may get extra individuals in the event that they postpone for per week.

“However nonetheless, I feel it is a fairly egocentric choice to be trustworthy because the schedule goes to undergo from this postponement.”

Final month Gilles Moretton, the brand new president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), mentioned he “dared not” take into account an outright cancellation.

“If we go right into a full lockdown for 2 months, clearly we should take motion – the worst being outright cancellation, however I dare not think about it,” he mentioned.

Rafael Nadal will defend her title after successful a file thirteenth French Open final yr, whereas Iga Swiatek of Poland is the reigning ladies’s champion.

Final season, skilled excursions have been suspended from March to August, with Wimbledon canceled.

This yr’s Australian Open has been postponed for 3 weeks, though Wimbledon continues to be scheduled to happen in its common slot, beginning June 28.

The brand new Roland Garros dates are unlikely to considerably have an effect on the grass season, though the primary Wimbledon warm-up occasions start on June 7, halfway by Roland Garros.

There will probably be solely two weeks of break between the ultimate at Roland Garros and the beginning of Wimbledon.

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