The professional tennis circuit is suspended until the beginning of August, but the measures to relax the restrictions taken in many European countries in recent weeks also set a favorable precedent for sport.
Jean-Francois Vilotte, general manager of the French Tennis Federation, said that the plan for this year’s edition of Roland Garros, postponed for September 27 – October 4, is to compete with spectators in the stands, by respecting social distance measures.
The official of the French forum offers as a main argument the relaxation of restrictions in other social sectors, such as allowing the reopening of terraces.
Roland Garros can compete with spectators in the stands
“We are considering all possible options. It is obvious that we do not want the matches to be played behind closed doors. We want to allow fans access to the stands, while respecting social distancing measures. It’s hard for me to understand how we can reopen terraces and shops, but we can’t play the tournament responsibly.
It is clear that we need to take into account the current medical situation and the protective measures that need to be taken, especially in the case of a tournament like Roland Garros, which would bring together a large number of people in the complex, “said Jean-Francois Vilotte. Tennisworldusa.
According to the latest decisions taken by the WTA and ATP, the entire professional tennis circuit is suspended until the beginning of August, when, if the situation allows, the American hard season will begin.