The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has announced a new date for the 2020 French Open due to ongoing efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Grand Slam on clay had been originally scheduled between 24th May to 7th June but will now commence on 20th September to 4th October 2020 at Roland Garros.
The Federation in a statement said “In order to act responsibly and protect the health of its employees, service providers and suppliers during the organisation period, the FFT has chosen the only option that will allow them to maintain the 2020 edition of the tournament while joining the fight against COVID-19.”
It is however unclear whether this decision was taken in consultation with stakeholders like the ATP, WTA and the Grand Slam board.
Per the new dates, the French Open will begin just six days after the US Open and will clash with the Laver Cup and Wuhan Open.
The ATP announced a six-week suspension of the men’s tour, while a host of tournaments including the BNP Paribas Open, Miami Open, Volvo Car Open in Charleston and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart have all been cancelled.