The president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), Bernard Giudicelli, said that the presence of the public at the Roland Garros tournament, postponed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will depend only on the French government, international news agencies report.
The Grand Slam slag tournament in Paris, originally scheduled for May 27 and June 7, has been postponed from September 20 to October 4 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Giudicelli, in a video call with the player Gael Monfils, the presenter of the Twitch show, confirmed the development of the Paris tournament starting with September and with the presence of a limited number of spectators in the stands.
Roland Garros takes place between September 20 and October 4
“It is still too early to say how Roland Garros will be played, when the sanitary conditions evolve from day to day. As for me, I support the development of a Roland Garros with a maximum audience.
But, depending on the sanitary conditions, we will make the necessary adjustments, according to the government directives, which will decide how many people can be in the stadium.
But I guarantee that Roland Garros will take place, ” said Giudicelli, who in early May called for a closed-door tournament that would allow part of the business plan to be maintained, including television rights and sponsorships.
The magic of the Paris tournament
“We do not like the closed-door hypothesis, because Roland Garros, like any other Grand Slam, is a meeting between players and the public, and that gives the magic of the tournament,” the French official added.
Professional tennis was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and official tournaments will not resume in August at the earliest.