French Open Tennis Tournament – French Open postponed for a week due to Corona epidemic: French Open organizers said on Thursday that this tennis tournament would start a week late due to Corona virus epidemic.
The Clay Court Grand Slam tournament was scheduled to begin on May 23 but the first round matches will now begin on May 30.
The French Tennis Federation said that this decision has been taken to increase the chance of the tournament being played in front of as many spectators as possible in a safe environment.
This step has been taken after the escalation of Corona virus cases in France and hospitalization. New nationwide restrictions have been put in place to slow the pace of the transition, including a three-week school closure, a month-long domestic travel ban and closure of non-essential goods shops.
French tennis federation president Giles Moretone said, “The postponement of Grand Slam will give us a little more time to improve health conditions, and this should allow time to improve the chance of welcoming spectators at Rolling Garros. ”
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He said, “The presence of spectators for the spectators or players or for the atmosphere is mandatory for the tournament, which is the first international sports tournament of spring. ”
The postponement of the Grand Slam will also affect the players’ preparations for the grass court session as there will now be only two weeks between the French Open final and Wimbledon. Wimbledon will be played from 28 June to 11 July.
Ugo Valency, executive director of the Grand Slam board coordinating the four big tournaments, said the institute supports the decision of the French Federation.
French tennis player Elizé Cornet, however, criticized Sports Minister Roxana Maraciniu for the decision. Speaking to Tennis Channel, Carnett said, “Our sports minister is a problem.” ”
He said, “To be honest, it is a very selfish decision. This postponement will affect the entire calendar. I think it is not an easy time for the tournament but we have to think about the players and the calendar. ”
Last year, the tournament was shifted to September due to this health crisis, limiting viewership to 1,000 each day.
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