The French Tennis Association has announced the start date of the hair net and the 2021 French Open will be delayed by a week, starting on May 30 and June 13, in an attempt to get as many spectators into the tournament as possible, a vital part of the clay-court Grand Slam.
The start of the French Open has been postponed for a week
France is currently under a national lockdown due to another resurgence of COVID-19. According to French President Emmanuel Macron's previous speech, it is expected that from mid-May, some cultural venues and restaurants in France will be conditionally reopened, and France will make efforts to gradually restore economic, cultural, sports and other activities.
If the French Open plays as scheduled, it is likely to be played only behind closed doors. The decision to postpone the tournament for a week was made in consultation with the French Tennis Association. 'For the sake of the players and the tennis community as a whole, we want to accommodate as many fans as possible while ensuring the safety and health of all parties,' the federation said in a statement. 'As a result, the duration of the week can vary greatly.'
The president of the French Association, Jean-Claude Morton, said a one-week delay in 2021 would allow for further relief and thus "increase our chances of welcoming spectators at the newly renovated Roland Garros stadium".