French Open 2021 postponed by a week due to pandemic

This yr’s French Open has been postponed by a week due to the COVID-19 pandemic and can start on May 30, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) stated on Thursday (April 8).
The clay court docket Grand Slam, which was postponed by 4 months final yr and befell in entrance of restricted crowds, will end on June 13, two weeks earlier than the anticipated begin of Wimbledon.
The grass court docket Grand Slam stated it will not change its dates following the French Open’s determination, which it supported.
“This decision has been discussed with the Grand Slam Board, and, given the exceptional circumstances, is fully supported by the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open,” Wimbledon stated in a assertion.
The postponement means grass court docket occasions scheduled to begin on June 7 in Hertogenbosch (WTA and ATP), Stuttgart (ATP) and Nottingham (WTA) are set to conflict with the second week of the clay court docket main.
FFT President Gilles Moreton stated it had made the choice after consulting with public authorities, the governing our bodies of worldwide tennis, and its companions and broadcasters.
It hoped the delay would allow them to welcome extra followers on the grounds than final yr, when only one,000 had been allowed at Roland Garros day-after-day.
“It will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimise our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros …” he added. 
“For the followers, the gamers and the environment, the presence of spectators is significant for our match, the spring’s most necessary worldwide sporting occasion.” 
The FFT had been closely criticised for suspending final yr’s match till the top of September with out consulting the elite males’s and girls’s excursions, who this time have been stored within the loop.
“Both the ATP and WTA are working in consultation with all parties impacted by the postponement to optimise the calendar for players, tournaments, and fans, in the lead up to and following Roland-Garros,” the WTA and ATP stated in a joint assertion.
France final Saturday (April 3) entered a third nationwide lockdown to comprise the unfold of the novel coronavirus, with President Emmanuel Macron saying he hoped to “re-open” the nation round mid-May.

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