French Minister for Sport Roxana Maracineanu has acknowledged that there is a chance that this year’s French Open could be postponed for a later date.
Last year, the French Open was moved from its traditional late-May and early-June date to a late-September start.
This year, the French Open is scheduled to take place at its traditional date but nothing is 100 percent confirmed.
”We are in talks with them The French Federation to see if the dates have to change in order to tune them with a global schedule for sports. As we speak, high level sports are safeguarded, but we do everything to avoid clusters in sports organizations,” French Minister for Sport Roxana Maracineanu said, per Tennis Majors.
French Open organizers don’t want to even think about a potential cancellation
“At the moment, we are on track, the tournament is on the scheduled date (May 23-June 6),” French tennis chief Gilles Moretton told AFP this week. “But if we are told a general confinement for two months, we will necessarily have to take measures — the worst being the outright cancellation, but I dare not imagine that.
“We are studying a lot of options for Roland Garros 2021. There is the total range … or almost total because I dare not imagine a 100% crowd level. “But that can start from behind closed doors to a level that will not be 100%. All the options with us are ready. “We meet all the players regularly and we wait to see how things will turn out.”
Moretton also underlined that a few tournaments are scheduled to take place before the French Open.
“Before us, there are other tournaments like Monte Carlo which takes place on the same territory and which is outdoors,” Moretton underlined.
“After there are tournaments not too far away (Madrid, Rome), so we are not like the situation in Australia.”