Paris Masters to go ahead despite new national coronavirus lockdown in France, the FFT confirm

The Paris Masters will still go ahead despite a fresh national lockdown in France due to the coronavirus crisis.

With a second wave of the virus currently spiking in the country, the government has announced a lockdown until December 1, which initially threw the prospects of the Paris Masters going ahead into doubt.

However, although it has been changed to a fully behind closed doors event, it will still go ahead.

“Ever since the start of the health crisis, the French Tennis Federation has worked in constant liaison with the French government to define the organisation options permitted by the prevailing situation,” a FFT statement read.

“Consequently, the FFT has made the responsible decision to hold the Rolex Paris Masters tournament behind closed doors.

“The FFT is aware of the disappointment people will feel at not being able to attend the tournament but would like to thank everyone for their understanding and reassure them that their tickets will be refunded as soon as possible.”

The news comes after French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu confirmed that professional sport would be exempt from the new lockdown restrictions.

“Top athletes and professional athletes will be able to continue training,” she said.

“And they will also be able to continue to compete since travel for professional reasons is allowed.”

Despite world number one Novak Djokovic deciding not to play, it remains a remarkably strong field – as you’d expect for a Masters level event – with Rafael Nadal leading it.

Current Paris Masters entry list

Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
Tsitsipas, Stefanos (GRE)
Medvedev, Daniil (RUS)
Zverev, Alexander (GER)
Rublev, Andrey (RUS)
Schwartzman, Diego (ARG)
Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)
Goffin, David (BEL)
Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Garin, Cristian (CHI)
Coric, Borna (CRO)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
Lajovic, Dusan (SRB)
Ruud, Casper (NOR)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Krajinovic, Filip (SRB)
Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)
Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
Mannarino, Adrian (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Cilic, Marin (CRO)
Millman, John (AUS)
Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)
Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
Andujar, Pablo (ESP)
Simon, Gilles (FRA)
Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
WC Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
WC Herbert, Pierre-Hugues (FRA)
WC Gaston, Hugo (FRA)
WC Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)

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