‘We were right to move French Open and we’ll do it again if we have to,’ says Guy Forget

The French Open will be moved again to October in 2021 should the coronavirus crisis extend into the summer, says tournament director Guy Forget.

Forget and other FFT officials attracted a tsunami of criticism earlier this year when they announced, without warning or consultation, they were moving the tournament back to October.

The dates selected were incredibly close to the end of the US Open and clashed entirely with the Laver Cup, which was later cancelled.

Forget, though, says the support of the players ultimately proved their actions correct, and they will not hesitate to do it again if circumstances demand it.

“So let’s say if tomorrow, which would be next year, we are facing the same issues, we would try to do the same exercise probably,” Forget said.

“I know we were criticised when we moved the dates of Roland Garros.

“We did it in a very quick way. We got some people upset. Some players were really surprised. We did it on our own.

“The positive thing is now those same people, and especially players, told us that it was the right thing to do, so it worked.

“Now we know they have been very supportive, and if that would happen again next year, we will probably in an earlier stage try to imagine to again move Roland Garros a bit later in the season.”

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