French Open may very well be delayed by a couple of days this yr, French authorities instructed organisers.© AFP
The French authorities has mentioned a doable “delay of some days” of this yr’s French Open with the occasion organisers, the sports activities ministry instructed AFP on Tuesday. Discussions between the ministry and Roland Garros officers additionally included how the event may have the ability to accommodate followers who had been largely locked out of the delayed 2020 version. This yr’s occasion is because of happen between Might 23 and June 6, with qualification rounds beginning earlier. “Discussions are underway with the organisers on the strategies used, specifically for the reception of the general public,” the ministry spokeswoman instructed AFP.
“A delay of some days is below dialogue,” she added.
On the finish of March, Gilles Moretton, the brand new president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), had indicated that he was engaged on nearly all of the situations.
He stated the one ones he “dared not” contemplate had been the extremes – a one hundred pc spectator stage and outright cancellation.
“In the intervening time, we’re on monitor, the event is on the scheduled date,” he stated.
“But when we go into complete lockdown for 2 months, we are going to clearly must take measures — the worst being the outright cancellation, however I dare not think about that.”
Coronavirus restrictions had been tightened throughout France final Wednesday though all skilled sport is carrying on albeit behind closed doorways. President Emmanuel Macron has expressed a want to re-open cinemas, museums and theatres in mid-Might.
Final yr Roland Garros was delayed by 4 months and held in September and October as a substitute of its longstanding Might-June slot.
Crowds had been restricted to simply 1,000 spectators every day.