Asked about the night sessions that will appear at Roland Garros during the 2021 edition, Guy Forget, the tournament director, put an end to the emerging controversy, that his matches would be unique to the men’s draw.
Right now, Guy Forget is on all fronts. While Roland-Garros on Thursday recorded its postponement of one week, from May 24 to June 13, the director of the Grand Slam on clay also had to put an end to a nascent controversy. Indeed, while RMC Sport evoked Wednesday that the night sessions, the great novelty of the 2021 edition near Porte d’Auteuil, would be “reserved” for men, the former captain of the French Cup team. Davis spoke on the subject on Thursday.
“We did not forbid ourselves to play women’s matches. We did not say to ourselves either that we will only play men’s matches. If at some point there is a women’s game that is a great showdown, it could be the game of the day, the one people want to see first. We will want to put this match in the evening session “, initially declared Forget, questioned on the subject by L’Equipe.
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“Propose a show that pleases our audience”
“We will make sure to put on the game each time that is really expected so that people have a great time at Roland Garros. The first rounds for the seeds are often one-sided matches. We will rather favor male matches knowing that even if Nadal wins 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, he will play for 1 hour 45 minutes or 2 hours. If it’s 6-1, 6-1 for women, it can last 40 minutes, subsequently confided the director of the Parisian Grand Slam. If the match ends after 40 minutes, we can imagine that the person who will have paid for his ticket will be unhappy. We, the goal is to offer a show that pleases our audience and meets their expectations. It seemed to us, when we made our projections, that this formula was going to be the most balanced. “
Thus, during this 2021 edition, the night sessions, scheduled for 9 p.m. on the Court Philippe-Chatrier during the first ten days, will serve as tests, before perhaps switching to a model identical to that of the Open d ‘ Australia and the US Open, namely a single men and a women in the evening.