Cornet Roland Garros

‘It’s a pretty selfish decision. The calendar is going to suffer’, says Alize Cornet on Roland Garros postponement

Alize Cornet has criticised the decision to postpone Roland Garros by a week because of the impact it will have on the tennis calendar.

It was reported by L’Equipe on Wednesday that French Open organisers have agreed to a one-week delay, after French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu had said a postponement was possible.

World No. 59  Cornet is playing at the WTA 500 event in Charleston this week. After beating seventh seed Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third round, the 31-year-old Frenchwoman was asked to give her reaction to the report.

“I didn’t know. Our (French) sport minister is a disaster. Sorry, I’m sorry. I have nothing against her, but she only takes bad decisions for sports, like she doesn’t care,” Cornet told Tennis Channel.

“I know it comes from the government, I’m pretty sure. It might come also from the tournament because I heard that they might have more people if they postpone for one week.

“But still, I think it’s a pretty selfish decision to be honest because the calendar is going to suffer from this postponement. That’s my first reaction.

“I understand it’s not an easy time for the tournament, but we have to think about the players and the calendar and all the tournaments they have to try to fit in this calendar.”

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