ATP urged to consider tennis scheduling changes

Paris Masters gets go-ahead from French government despite coronavirus lockdown

The Paris Masters will go ahead as planned despite France being forced into a fresh national lockdown, it has been confirmed.

Original plans allowed for 1,000 spectators to be admitted into the venue for the afternoon sessions with the evening’s play being behind closed doors due to the curfew that existed then.

However, with that curfew now giving way to a national lockdown, the plans have had to change.

“Ever since the start of the health crisis, the French Tennis Federation has worked in constant liaison with the French government to define the organisation options permitted by the prevailing situation,” a FFT statement read.

“Consequently, the FFT has made the responsible decision to hold the Rolex Paris Masters tournament behind closed doors.

“The FFT is aware of the disappointment people will feel at not being able to attend the tournament but would like to thank everyone for their understanding and reassure them that their tickets will be refunded as soon as possible.”

Rafael Nadal is the top seed for the event – which he has never won – with Novak Djokovic deciding against playing.

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