Roland Garros postponed again as organisers succumb to coronavirus concerns
Roland Garros has been postponed for the second successive year due to the coronavirus crisis in Europe, according to L’Equipe.
The event had come under threat by the third wave of COVID-19 that is currently sweeping across Europe, with the French government announcing a fresh lockdown just last week.
Since then, reports and hints of a possible delay to the French Open from the French Ministry for Sport have flowed relatively regularly, and now it seems organisers have agreed to a one week delay.
That is considerably better than the five month postponement last year, but it may also prompt a political storm in tennis.
🚨 Info L’Equipe : Roland-Garros reporté d’une semaine.
Le Grand Chelem ne se disputera donc pas du 23 mai au 6 juin, mais du 30 mai au 13 juinhttps://t.co/OdhvsoTR58
— Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) April 7, 2021
Roland Garros’ second week will now coincide with three grass court events – Stuttgart (ATP), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (ATP/WTA), and Nottingham (WTA).
Whether or not it is now practical for those tournaments to go ahead as planned remains to be seen, but L’Equipe report they will be due compensation from the FFT should they be affected.
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