French tennis star Gilles Simon has suggested that if needed the French Open won’t be thinking much about the other tournaments.
Last week, it was announced there’s a chance that the French Open will be postponed for a later date for the second year in a row.
”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 over the weekend, per Tennis Majors.
Talking about a potential French Open postponement, Simon said: ”Maybe Wimbledon won’t be happy. In a crisis situation, everyone does what they want to do. The Australian Open had moved its date to February. It is the law of the strongest and nobody said anything. The players are not asked for advice. A shift of one week destroys Stuttgart and ‘s-Hertogenbosh
French Open officials don’t want to even think about a 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 last 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.”
Meanwhile, Simon returned to competitive action this week in Cagliari, where he recovered from a set down to beat Stefano Travaglia in his opener at the tournament.