The French Tennis Federation have once again risked a spat with rival tournaments by reportedly delaying the start of Roland Garros for a second year.
France is currently battling with a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with the government recently implementing a new national lockdown.
That has understandably caused yet more scheduling issues for Roland Garros, who were forced to postpone until October last year.
Such a lengthy delay has not been required this time around, with L’Equipe reporting the tournament will now take place a week later between May 30 and June 13.
That, though, will likely cause some further issues for the ATP and WTA.
There will now just be two weeks between the French Open and Wimbledon, meaning the already small window for the grass season has been further reduced.
Three grass court tournaments – Stuttgart (ATP), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (ATP /WTA) and Nottingham (WTA) are all currently scheduled for the first week in June, meaning they now coincide with the second week of Roland Garros.
🚨 Info L’Equipe : Roland-Garros reporté d’une semaine.
Le Grand Chelem ne se disputera donc pas du 23 mai au 6 juin, mais du 30 mai au 13 juinhttps://t.co/OdhvsoTR58
— Quentin Moynet (@QuentinMoynet) April 7, 2021
It has been reported in the media that should they need to be cancelled or postponed as a result of the rescheduling of Roland Garros, the French Tennis Federation will be required to compensate organisers.
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