The French Open has been postponed by every week within the hope that extra spectators will probably be permitted to attend.
The Grand Slam event at Roland Garros will now run from 30 Might to 13 June with qualifying the week earlier than.
France is in a 3rd nationwide lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus instances, which president Emmanuel Macron beforehand mentioned he anticipated to finish in mid-Might.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) mentioned suspending was the “finest resolution”.
“I’m delighted that the discussions with the general public authorities, the governing our bodies of worldwide tennis, our companions and broadcasters, and the continuing work with the WTA and ATP, have made it doable for us to postpone the 2021 Roland Garros event by every week,” FFT president Gilles Moretton mentioned.
“It is going to give the well being scenario extra time to enhance and will optimise our probabilities of welcoming spectators at Roland Garros, into our newly-transformed stadium that now covers greater than 30 acres.
“For the followers, the gamers and the ambiance, the presence of spectators is important for our event, the spring’s most vital worldwide sporting occasion.”
In 2020, the French Open was postponed to the autumn due to the pandemic.
Rafael Nadal gained the boys’s singles title – his 13th at Roland Garros – whereas Polish teenager Iga Swiatek gained her first Grand Slam title in entrance of a crowd of 1,000 followers, which was the utmost permitted on the time.
The 2021 event is now on account of end simply two weeks earlier than the beginning of Wimbledon.
Its postponement is ready to have an effect on the ATP and WTA calendars, with the grass-court season scheduled to begin on 7 June with tournaments in s’Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart and Nottingham.
The ATP and WTA governing our bodies mentioned in a joint assertion they had been “working in session with all events impacted by the postponement”.
British tennis’ governing physique the LTA mentioned: “The choice to maneuver Roland Garros will clearly create a knock-on impact for the summer time grass-court season. We’re presently wanting on the implications for our occasions and if we might want to make adjustments to our calendar.”
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