Roland Garros working to avoid US Open clash

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2020

The French Open is the most likely of the two remaining Grand Slams to happen this year, although the US Open has yet to be entirely written off.

The French Open had originally been due to start on Sunday, but the new coronavirus crisis forced organisers to postpone the start to September 20, one week after the scheduled final of the U.S. Open, leading to criticism within the tennis world. Giudicelli says they are still uncertain about the exact date of the event - whether it would be September 20 or 27.

"At the moment, the signs are heading in a positive direction", he said.

"We'll see how the situation is in a couple of months", he added.

"But at the same time, we say that we saved the tournament, the tournament is still alive and it will take place this year in 2020, in any case we are doing everything for it".

"I think we can, without showing too much optimism, we can be determined and resolute, above all methodical, and work to ensure that the tournament takes place in the best conditions". "We hope Roland Garros will take place, and under favourable circumstances".

But there has since been speculation in the French media, including daily L'Equipe, that the Sept 20 date might be pushed back by at least a week, if not longer. "They also have some big organisational problems and will make an announcement around about mid-June to explain how the US Open will look".

Forget told French radio Europe 1 on Saturday night that the US Open will decide whether the hard-court Slam can go ahead next month and French Open organisers will make a decision thereafter.

"There are so many question marks".

"The city of NY is even more affected by coronavirus than France".

There is very little chance of any tour events resuming before August. The US Open is due to begin on 31 August.

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