Roland Garros, second Grand Slam of the season, will finally be held, in its main draw, from May 30 to June 13, after the organizers have agreed to delay its start for a week in order to have the maximum possible influx of spectators.
“In accordance with French public authorities and international tennis governing bodies, the French Tennis Federation made the responsible decision to postpone Roland Garros 2021 for a week,” the tournament said in a statement.
The organizers of the Grand Slam recalled that Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, indicated on March 31 during the announcement of new measures to combat the coronavirus that “from mid-May a calendar would be established to progressively recover cultural and sporting events, subject to the improvement of the health situation ».
For this reason, the FFT has been working “in close collaboration” with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the relevant government services “in the potential scenarios” for the organization of the event and “taking into account the international sports calendar”.
“In this context, it seemed that postponing the tournament for a week would be the best solution. Hence, the preliminary phases will be played from Monday 24 to Friday 28 May and then the main draw will take place, from Sunday 30 May to Sunday 13 June “, he added.
The aim of this delay is “to maximize the chances, for the players and for the tennis community in general, that the tournament will be played in front of the largest possible number of fans, while ensuring health and safety.” “Regarding both objectives, each week is important and can make a difference,” they warned
“I am delighted that discussions with public authorities, international tennis governing bodies, our partners and broadcasters, and ongoing work with the WTA and ATP, have made it possible for us to postpone Roland-Garros for a week. This will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimize our chances of receiving spectators at Roland Garros, ”celebrated Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT.
For its part, Ugo Valence, CEO of the Board of Grand Slams, stressed that the four ‘big’ “represent the most important focuses” in the world of tennis. “Therefore, we will do everything possible to ensure that they can be successfully organized,” he said, giving “full support” to this measure.