Tournament directors have been speaking out about the decision to delay Roland Garros by a week, and what it means for their events.
It was announced last week that due to a new surge in coronavirus cases in France and subsequent lockdown imposed, the French Open would move their schedule back by one week to allow for restrictions to be lifted.
The domino effect of that decision means other tournaments that were scheduled to take place both before and after the French Open, in the lead up to Wimbledon may have to be adapted to fit in with players preparations.
The decision has been backed by the ATP, WTA and all of the other Grand Slams but hasn’t had universal support amongst the players, with Milos Raonic tweeting his disappointment, and now some of the tournament organisers impacted by the change are having their say.
One of the most vocal directors is disgruntled director of MercedesCup in Stuttgart, Edwin Weindorfer, whose event was originally scheduled for the week after Roland Garros but will now overlap with the second week of the Grand Slam.
“Of course I’m angry,” said Weindorfer, “It is Roland Garros going it alone.”
“But we will not let ourselves be deprived of the week. We will not move away from the date for Stuttgart.”
German ace Alexander Zverev was scheduled to be the top seed in Stuttgart but will now be unable to play assuming he makes week two in Roland Garros.
Marcel Hunze, tournament director of Libema Open in the Netherlands, which will also now clash with the second week of Roland Garros, says they are open to changing their week.
”It is not ideal, but it is what it is. We are now in consultation with the ATP and WTA to see what the possibilities are.
“(Changing the date) would be great, but all scenarios are open, so I cannot say more about it. We will probably get more clarity next week.”
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