Alizé Cornet qualified for the round of 16 in Charleston sharply reversed the decision to postpone Roland-Garros by a week. The target of his wrath, Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Sports.
In the wake of a qualification for the round of 16 in Charleston after a victory against the Belgian Elise Mertens (17th) 7-5, 6-3 in the second round, Wednesday, Alizé Cornet (who had not passed the second round of a tournament this year, in seven events) invited on the set of Tennis Channel to comment on the postponement of Roland-Garros postponed by one week (to take place from May 30 to June 13) shared his surprise and disappointment: “No! I did not know. My God … “Before letting go:” It remains between us (sic) but our Minister of Sports is a calamity, sorry. I have nothing against her, but she only makes bad decisions about sports. It’s like she doesn’t care. It comes from the government, I’m pretty sure. Maybe it comes from the tournament as well, I heard they might get more crowds if they shift by a week but I think it’s a pretty selfish decision. The schedule will suffer from this postponement. It’s my first reaction but I understand… I understand that it is not an easy period for the tournament but you have to think about the players, the calendar. All the tournaments are trying to adapt and I don’t know what it will be like. ” Only two weeks will separate Roland-Garros from Wimbledon (June 28-July 11).
In a statement, the French Federation this Thursday explained: “If the FFT is delighted that the public authorities have maintained major sporting events despite the health restrictions, its objective, for this 2021 edition of Roland-Garros, is to maximize the chances that the tournament can be played in front of the greatest possible number of spectators, both for the players and for the whole community of enthusiasts, while guaranteeing everyone’s health safety. In view of this dual objective, each week can prove to be precious. ”
Gilles Moretton, the president of the FFT specifying: “I am delighted that the consultation with the public authorities, the various international tennis bodies, our partners and broadcasters and the work in progress with the WTA and ATP has made the shift possible. of a week of the 2021 edition of the Roland-Garros tournament, and I thank them for it. This postponement will allow a little more time to improve the sanitary situation and should allow us to optimize our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros, in this transformed stadium which now extends over more than 12 ha. . Whether for the fans, the players but also for the atmosphere, the presence of the public is essential to the tournament, the first international sporting event of the spring. “