After their stunning announcement in March declaring a move to September, the French Open is mulling yet another calendar change.
According to a French Tennis Federation official, the tournament may move again, this time just week later from September 20 to September 27.
“We took the decision in mid-March to postpone Roland Garros from September 20 to October 4. Since then, we have been discussing with the international bodies of the various circuits (International Tennis Federation, WTA, ATP) the optimum calendar for the second part of the season, which will be finalised with the various stakeholders very soon,” the FFT official told Reuters.
The bigger question is, will there be any tennis at all, let alone the French Open?
The coronavirus has abated but it is far, far from being eradicated. And with no vaccine on the near horizon, even the Australian Open is now making contingency plans.
“Worst-case scenario is no AO (Australian Open),” Australian Open head Craig Tiley told AAP.
“Our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”
Meanwhile, the US Open remains on track, the with New York still a hotspot for the virus, there is a push to move the event to Indian Wells in November.
“No formal decision has been made about Indian Wells,” said Michael Dowse, new USTA executive director last week. “Whatever we do, we’ll have to do it in alignment with the owners of Indian Wells, and the ATP and the WTA.”
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