Tennis grand slam postponed to September

Tennis grand slam postponed to September

Tennis grand slam postponed to September

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced on Tuesday, 17th April that the 2020 edition of the French Open will be held between 20th September-4th October.

"In order to guarantee the health and safety of all those involved in the preparation of the tournament, the French Tennis Federation chose to organize the 2020 edition of Roland-Garros from 20 September to 4 October 2020", the French tennis federation said in a statement.

The news means the tournament is due to begin a week after the end of the US Open, presenting a challenge for players to reacclimatise to clay and a different time zone at short notice.

All professional tennis across the world is now suspended until at least 20 April.

The postponement leaves questions over this year's Wimbledon, with the grass-court Grand Slam scheduled to start just three weeks later than the original French Open final date.

Many players and tennis commentators reacted to what they called a "unilateral decision" taken by the French Open organisers.

"Though nobody is able to predict what the situation will be on 18 May, the current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with our preparations and, as a result, we are unable to hold the tournament on the dates originally planned", said the FFT.

The Covid-19 health crisis affects all populations.

"We thank all of our members, staff, players, partners, contractors and the public for their patience and trust as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global challenge".

Speaking about the decision, FFT President, Bernard Giudicelli said, "We have made a hard yet fearless decision in this UNPRECEDENTED situation, which has evolved greatly since last weekend".

Elsewhere, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) will also suspend the season, postponing tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague.

MetroUK's tennis journalist George Bellshaw took to Twitter to tweet that a joint statement from ATP and WTA could be expected on Wednesday, presumably on the same matter.

"We are acting responsibly, we must stand together in solidarity in this fight for everyone's safety".

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