French Open 2020, the claycourt Grand Slam that was originally scheduled for May, will now be held between September 20 and October 4, the Roland Garros said on Tuesday.
French Open 2020 will now be played in September-October (Reueters Photo)
- French Open 2020 postponed from May due to Covid-19 pandemic
- No one today can predict what the health situation will be like on May 18: Roland Garros
- French Open 2020 is now set to be held between Septemer 20 and October 4
The French Tennis Federation has decided to postpone the French Open tennis tournament by over 3 months due to the coronavirus pandemic which has brought the whole world to a standstill.
The Roland Garros will now be played from September 20 till October 4 instead of May 24-June 7.
The whole world is affected by the public health crisis connected with COVID-19. In order to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in organising the tournament, the French Tennis Federation has made the decision to hold the 2020 edition of Roland-Garros from 20th September to 4th October 2020.
Though nobody is able to predict what the situation will be on 18th May, the current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with our preparations and, as a result, we are unable to hold the tournament on the dates originally planned.
In order to act responsibly and protect the health of its employees, service providers and suppliers during the organisation period, the FFT has chosen the only option that will allow them to maintain the 2020 edition of the tournament while joining the fight against COVID-19.
At this important period in its history, and since the progress of the stadium modernisation means the tournament can be held at this time, the FFT was keen to maintain the 2020 tournament. Therefore, this year’s Roland-Garros will be held from 20th September to 4th October, French Tennis Federation said in a statement.
This is the second high-profile sports event which was postponed on Tuesday after the UEFA Euro 2020 and Copa America football tournaments.
The Euro 2020 Copa America are likely to be played next year between June 11 and July 11 in 2021.