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French Open most likely Grand Slam to happen this year

The French Open is fighting for survival as the most likely of the two remaining Grand Slams to happen this year but the US Open has not been written off yet

  • The French Open is the most likely of the two Grand Slams to happen this year 
  • Roland Garros has officially been switched to a later start of September 20 
  • Tournament director Guy Forget expressed optimism the event will happen 
  • The US Open has not been written off yet with a decision expected soon 

The French Open is the most likely of the two remaining Grand Slams to happen this year, although the US Open has yet to be entirely written off.

Roland Garros has been officially switched to a start of September 20 and the French Tennis Federation is keen to see it go ahead in some form.

Its lack of pandemic insurance, in contrast to Wimbledon, has been highlighted — although sources in France point out that abandonment might not be quite the calamity that is painted. 

The French Open is the most likely of the two remaining Grand Slams to happen this year

Roland Garros has now been officially pushed back to a later start date of September 20

From next year the event’s income should rise sharply, due to a new roof on Court Philippe Chatrier leading to night play, with higher ticket sales and more money from broadcasters.

The chances of it happening this year depend on how the crisis plays out — as is the case for the Tour de France. 

This week, French horse racing postponed a return to courses in the ‘red’ zones which are still more affected and this included the Auteuil track just down the road from Roland Garros. 

Tournament director Guy Forget expressed optimism that the event will go ahead as planned

The febrile world of French tennis politics is also in play. President of the French Federation Bernard Giudicelli is up for re-election in the next nine months and wants to be seen to be doing everything he can to save the event. 

Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget expressed optimism that the French Open will happen ‘some time around the end of September and beginning of October’.

A decision on the US Open is expected in the next few weeks. Some kind of truncated version, possibly relocated to Florida, might be feasible.




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