ATP/WTA release joint statement on French Open postponement

The ATP and WTA have released a joint statement following a one-week postponement of the French Open

The postponement of the French Open has caused problems for the tournaments that had been scheduled to mark the beginning of the grass court season. 

However, both the ATP and WTA are working with those tournaments to help them organize the event. 

“Tennis has required an agile approach to the calendar over the past 12 months in order to manage the challenges of the pandemic, and this continues to be the case. The decision to delay the start of Roland-Garros by one week has been made in the context of recently heightened COVID-19 restrictions in France, with the additional time improving the likelihood of enhanced conditions and ability to welcome fans at the event,” the statement read. 

“Both the ATP and WTA are working in consultation with all parties impacted by the postponement to optimise the calendar for players, tournaments and fans in the lead up to and following Roland-Garros. Further updates will be communicated in due course.”

Alize Cornet hit out at sports minister and French president

“It stays between us but our sport minister is a disaster. Sorry,” Cornet told the Tennis Channel after her second-round win over Elise Mertens at the WTA event in Charleston in the United States on Wednesday.

“I’m sorry, I have nothing against her but she only takes bad decisions for sport like she doesn’t care. And I know it comes from the government, I’m pretty sure.

“(It) might come also from the tournament because I heard they might have more people if they postpone for one week.

“But still, I think it’s a pretty selfish decision to be honest because the calendar is going to suffer from this postponement.”

The French Open is now scheduled to take place between May 30 – June 13.

Last year, the French Open was rescheduled for even a later date as it started in late-September. 

This year, the event was pushed back for only one week. 

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