PARIS: The dates of the Roland-Garros tournament have been confirmed and it will be held over three weeks, from 21st September to 11th October.
Following discussions with the international tennis authorities – the ATP, WTA and ITF – the French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced that this year’s Roland-Garros tournament will be played over three weeks, from 21st September to 11th October, providing the conditions relating to the COVID-19 health crisis allow it to go ahead.
The Parisian Grand Slam has been granted an extra week of competition, which means the qualifying tournament can be played from 21st September.
After the decision to postpone the Roland-Garros tournament to 20th September - 4th October and the ensuing discussions with the international tennis authorities, the new international schedule drawn up by the ATP, WTA and ITF has granted the Roland-Garros tournament an extra week of competition. This way, the qualifying rounds will be played from Monday 21st to Friday 25th September and will be followed by the main draw from Sunday 27th September to 11th October.
In a bid to act responsibly, the FFT is now working with the French government to prepare for the tournament and set out suitable measures that will ensure the health and safety of all people present. All options will be considered and are susceptible to change.
“We are delighted that our discussions with the various international tennis authorities have allowed us to extend the 2020 edition of the Roland-Garros tournament to three weeks. In the current, difficult climate, we are well aware that it is a privilege to be able to hold Roland-Garros in its usual format. Especially since the qualifying tournament will help to financially support a category of professional players who have been severely affected by this unprecedented crisis. The responsible decision we made on 17th March to postpone the Roland-Garros tournament – the climax of the clay season – until the autumn means that the 2020 clay season can be saved, providing the current situation continues to improve. The Roland-Garros tournament is thus fulfilling its historic role as the clay-court world championships. The tournament in autumn 2020 will be a new chapter in Roland-Garros’ ongoing history,” explained Bernard Giudicelli, president of the FFT.
Giudicelli also confirmed that fans would be allowed to watch the matches. He said: “It will absolutely not be behind closed doors. There is no final decision yet on the number of spectators, which will be decided on with the public authorities.”