The French Tennis Federation will soon formalize the postponement of one week of Roland-Garros, which will therefore take place from May 30 to June 13, according to L’Equipe.
Threatened by the coronavirus pandemic in France, Roland-Garros will (slightly) change the date. While the Minister Delegate for Sports expressed doubts this weekend, RMC Sport had confirmed Tuesday a possible postponement of the Parisian Grand Slam, and this Wednesday evening, it is The team which reveals that the French Tennis Federation will soon formalize the new dates of the tournament: from May 30 to June 13, a postponement of one week.
” We are in discussion with the organizers of Roland-Garros, to see if it is necessary to change the date so that it falls towards a possible resumption of all sports practice and major events. Although top-level sport is preserved, we try, including in the professional practice of sport, to limit the chances of clustering and the spread of the virus. », Explained recently Roxana Maracineanu, on the airwaves of France Info.
What about the first turf tournaments?
The idea of doing ” Roland-Garros the first international sporting event to welcome the public on French soil »Would therefore be under study, with a controlled spectator gauge. It remains to be seen how the ATP and WTA circuits will adapt to this slight change of schedule, as the grass season starts just after the Porte d’Auteuil tournament., to best prepare for Wimbledon (end of June – beginning of July). The tournaments in Stuttgart (Germany) and s’Hertogenbosh (the Netherlands), which are due to take place the week of June 7, are cause for concern, although nothing prevents them from taking place during the second week of the Grand Chalem. Parisian.
It also remains to be seen whether tournaments would take place the week of May 24 to fill the void left by the Roland-Garros delay. As a reminder, when asked about a possible cancellation of Roland-Garros, Gilles Moretton, the new president of the FFT, did not dare ” imagine that As he told theAFP. After the Australian Open shifted from mid-January to early February, it is therefore a second Grand Slam tournament that will change date this season.