The Roland Garros tennis tournament has been postponed once again, and will debut in Paris, France, on September 27, Le Parisien announces.
The only Grand Slam tournament to be played on slag was originally scheduled to take place between May 18 and June 7.
It was postponed in a first phase for the period September 20 – October 4, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the decision to postpone an additional week has been agreed with the ATP and the WTA, says Le Parisian, to allow the inclusion of two tournaments between the US Open (August 31 – September 13) and Roland Garros (September 27 – October 11). ), in the calendar that is about to be established by the people in charge of the two circuits.
These are two slag tournaments, in the Masters 1,000 category, to be included between the two Grand Slam competitions, as Andrea Gaudenzi, president of the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP), wants. This additional week will also allow Roland Garros to qualify, which was not originally planned by the organizers, a decision that drew criticism from French players who wanted to take part.
However, these new data depend, first of all, on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic, in the conditions in which more and more actors of this sport fear that tennis could face a white season or a postponement of the start of competitions until September.