French Open 2021: Sports ministry says Roland Garros faces delay of 'a few days'

Discussions between the ministry and Roland Garros officials also included how the tournament might be able to accommodate fans who were largely locked out of the delayed 2020 edition. This year's event is due to take place between 23 May and 6 June.

Agence France-Presse April 06, 2021 20:19:44 IST
French Open 2021: Sports ministry says Roland Garros faces delay of 'a few days'

Rafael Nadal poses with French Open men's singles trophy on the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette, on Monday. AP Photo

Paris: The French government has discussed a possible "delay of a few days" of this year's French Open with the event organisers, the sports ministry told AFP on Tuesday.

Discussions between the ministry and Roland Garros officials also included how the tournament might be able to accommodate fans who were largely locked out of the delayed 2020 edition.

This year's event is due to take place between 23 May and 6 June, with qualification rounds starting earlier.

"Discussions are underway with the organisers on the methods used, in particular for the reception of the public," the ministry spokeswoman told AFP.

"A delay of a few days is under discussion," she added.

At the end of March, Gilles Moretton, the new president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), had indicated that he was working on almost all the scenarios.

He said the only ones he "dared not" consider were the extremes — a 100 percent spectator level and outright cancellation.

"At the moment, we are on track, the tournament is on the scheduled date," he said.

"But if we go into total lockdown for two months, we will obviously need to take measures — the worst being the outright cancellation, but I dare not imagine that."

Coronavirus restrictions were tightened across France last Wednesday although all professional sport is carrying on albeit behind closed doors. President Emmanuel Macron has expressed a wish to re-open cinemas, museums and theatres in mid-May.

Last year Roland Garros was delayed by four months and held in September and October instead of its longstanding May-June slot.

Crowds were limited to just 1,000 spectators each day.

 

Updated Date:

also read

Jerwin Ancajas overcomes Jonathan Rodriguez in hard-fought win to retain IBF junior bantamweight title
Sports

Jerwin Ancajas overcomes Jonathan Rodriguez in hard-fought win to retain IBF junior bantamweight title

The 29-year-old Ancajas had to reach into his full bag of tricks to beat the Mexican, with the three judges scoring 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112 in the Filipino's favor at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Norwich, Connecticut.

French Open golf tournament postponed due to new coronavirus clampdown in France
Sports

French Open golf tournament postponed due to new coronavirus clampdown in France

The tournament at Le Golf National was due to be staged two weeks before the French Open tennis grand slam at Roland Garros.

I deserve the World No 1 ranking, says Ash Barty after Miami Open title defence
Sports

I deserve the World No 1 ranking, says Ash Barty after Miami Open title defence

Barty, the 2019 French Open champion, has held the No 1 ranking since September of that year, despite skipping the rescheduled US and French Opens in 2020 to remain in Australia.