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COVID-19 fears are alive and well in France, and they’ve delayed the French Open by a week. So the clay court leg of the Grand Slam is now scheduled for May 30.
The delay also means the French Open will finish June 13 — just two weeks before the start of Wimbledon.
“It will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimise our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros,” French Tennis Federation president Gilles Moreton said in a statement.
“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.”
The ATP and WTA also released a joint statement on the decision.
“Both the ATP and WTA are working in consultation with all parties impacted by the postponement to optimize the calendar for players, tournaments, and fans, in the lead up to and following Roland-Garros,” the statement read.