Roland Garros officially rescheduled because of Covid-19

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has just announced a rescheduling of the 2020 Roland Garros 2020 schedule.

Due to the influence of Covid-19, this year’s Roland Garros 2020 Grand Slam rescheduled the competition from May 24 to September 20.

2020 Roland Garros officially rescheduled to the end of September this year

What is Roland Garros?

The Roland-Garros Tennis Tournament (French: Tournoi de Roland-Garros), also known as the French Open Tennis Tournament, is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments of the year. This is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, usually taking place during the second half of May and early June in Paris, France. The tournament is named after the French pilot hero Roland Roland. This is the largest clay-court tournament in the world. 

Just like at the Australian Open or Wimbledon, the rules at Roland Garros are in the set of 5 wins 3 (for men’s singles) and 3 set wins 2 (for women’s singles), there is no mediation (tie-breaker) in the last inning (except US Open), in addition to the content doubles men’s doubles, mixed doubles and mixed doubles. Roland-Garros is considered the tournament that requires the harshest physical foundation. 

The current champion is Rafael Nadal (12 times champion).

Postponement is officially declared

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has just announced a rescheduling of the 2020 Roland Garros schedule on March 17. Accordingly, the tournament will change the scheduled date from 18/5 – 7/6 to 20/9 – 4/10. The FFT’s move is welcomed by the Covid-19 epidemic, which is taking place very complicatedly in Europe.

2020 Roland Garros officially rescheduled to the end of September this year
2020 Roland Garros officially rescheduled to the end of September this year

In a statement on the Roland Garros homepage, it stated: “Although no one can predict what the situation will be like on May 18, however, the current measures of the prevention of Covid-19 have caused them. I couldn’t continue preparing and organizing the tournament as expected.

In order to act responsibly to the community and protect the health of the staff but to ensure the rights of the service providers of the tournament, the French tennis federation decided to hold the tournament from 20 / 9 to 4 October. Bernard Giudicelli, president of FFT, confessed admittedly that they were obligated to do so despite a difficult decision.

Deferring the schedule of Roland Garros can create the most extraordinary year of the tennis village when the two Grand Slam tournaments will be held exactly one week apart. As scheduled, the Grand Slam US Open will be held from August 31 to September 13.

This means that the Laver Cup is likely to be canceled due to the scheduled date from September 25 to 27 in Boston, USA.

What does Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation say?

“It is impossible to imagine that we had to reschedule Roland Garros,” said Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation.

“We rescheduled the schedule for another 2 weeks with the least influence on the schedule of other tournaments, for the sake of the tournament and the players.”

Instead of starting on May 24 as the original schedule, RolandGarros 2020 will be held from September 20 to October 4. This change makes the tournament the Grand Slam takes place at the latest in 2020.

RolandGarros 2020 rescheduled to mean that Wimbledon 2020 will be the next Grand Slam this season. The Grand Slam tournament is expected to start on June 29. Although Covid-19 in the UK is becoming more and more complicated, the All England Club BTC has not moved to postpone the award yet. if the translation is not satisfactory.

The new schedule of RolandGarros 2020 is inconvenient for players, because the US Open hardcourt Grand Slam ends on September 13, just a week before Roland Garros 2020 starts. Players only have one week to adjust to the clay court, something that has never happened in history. This new calendar also conflicts with some hard courts of WTA and ATP over the two weeks of the tournament, and also affects the Laver Cup teammates in Boston.

Roland Garros’s rescheduling is also considered good news for Roger Federer. The 38-year-old is resting for about 4 months after knee surgery in February. With the Roland Garros 2020 moving to the end of September, the chance to reopen opens with the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles of the tennis tournament.
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