French Open 2020

‘French Open may be rescheduled’ says France Sports Minister

The Minister for Sports in France has said that she is in communication with the French Tennis Federation about the possibility of the French Open being rearranged for a second year running.

France recently entered another national lockdown in order to tackle COVID surges, throwing the holding of the French Open into doubt. Roxana Maracineanu, the Minister of Sports in France, recently voiced her thoughts on the matter.

“We are in discussion with them (the French Tennis Federation, which organises the event) to see if we should change the date to coincide with a possible resumption of all sports and major events,” Maracineanu told France Info Radio.

“Today, although high-level sport has been preserved, we try to limit the risks of clusters, of spreading the virus within professional sports.”

The current lockdown measures in France include a 7pm curfew and 10km movement restrictions. President Emmanuel Macron plans to lift the protocols around the second week of May, just in time for the start of the French Open on 17th May.

However, there is a chance that the measures could be extended, and therein lies the uncertainty around Roland Garros.

For more info on the possibility of the French Open being postponed, read what the president of the French Tennis Federation has said here.