The 2021 French Open tennis match shall be delayed by one week, a supply near the organisers stated on Wednesday.
The clay-court Grand Slam occasion was set to start on Might 23, however will now get underway on Might 30 within the hope of extra followers with the ability to attend at Roland Garros.
Final yr’s French Open was delayed by 4 months and held in September and October as an alternative of its longstanding Might-June slot.
Crowds have been restricted to only 1,000 spectators every day.
Coronavirus restrictions have been tightened throughout France final Wednesday though all skilled sport is carrying on, albeit behind closed doorways. President Emmanuel Macron has expressed a want to re-open cinemas, museums and theatres in mid-Might.
Final month, Gilles Moretton, the brand new president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), stated he “dared not” think about an outright cancellation.
“If we go into whole lockdown for 2 months, we’ll clearly must take measures — the worst being the outright cancellation, however I dare not think about that,” he stated.
Rafael Nadal will defend his title after successful a record-extending 13th French Open final yr, whereas Iga Swiatek of Poland is the reigning ladies’s champion.
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