French Open Postponed by a Week Due to COVID-19 Outbreak, to Start From May 24
French Open has been postponed by a week in the hope that more spectators will be permitted to attend the second Grand Slam of the year. The French Open organizers on Thursday informed that in agreement with the French public authorities and the governing bodies of international tennis, the French Tennis Federation made the responsible decision to postpone the 2021 Roland-Garros tournament by one week. It was earlier set to get underway on May 23. The 2021 edition of French Open will now run from 30 May to 13 June with qualifying the week before.
In his latest speech on March 31, the French President announced that a schedule to progressively get cultural and sporting events back up and running would be set up from mid-May onwards, subject to the improvement of the health situation.
“Using this as their starting point, the FFT worked in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and the relevant government services on potential scenarios for organizing Roland-Garros, while taking the international sporting calendar into account,” read a statement from organizers.