The French Open has been delayed by a week and will now get underway from May 30. The decision to delay the tournament was taken in hope that the Covid-19 restrictions in France will ease out by the time the tournament will start and the organisers can have the maximum number of fans in the stadium.
“For the fans, the players and the atmosphere, the presence of spectators is vital for our tournament, the spring’s most important international sporting event,” Moretton added.
The qualifying rounds will be played from May 24-28 while the main draw will start from May 30.
Wimbledon, which is the next grand slam after French Open, released a statement and said that the decision to push the French open will have no impact on Wimbledon, which will start from the pre-decided date of June 28.
Ugo Valensi, executive director of the Grand Slam Board said that the board will ensure that all the major tournament go ahead as planned.
“These remain extremely challenging times for communities around the world, and, while there is optimism for the future, it is clear that this pandemic is very much still with us.
“The Grand Slams represent the most significant spotlights for our sport and so we will do everything possible to ensure they can be staged successfully.
“Further to consultation, the decision by the FFT to postpone Roland-Garros by a week in order to enhance the likelihood of the tournament taking place successfully is therefore fully supported by the Grand Slam Board.”