Roland Garros may be delayed again this year, but only ‘for a few days,’ according to the French Ministry for Sport.
The French Open had to be pushed back to October in 2020, and with COVID currently running rampant in the country again, there have been fears that policy might be repeated this year.
Last week saw a new lockdown put in place in France to try and get a hold of the fresh public health emergency.
That prompted Minister for Sport Roxana Maracineanu to reveal there were ‘discussions’ with the FTT over changing the date of Roland Garros until it was safer to hold such an event.
“We are in discussion with them (the French Tennis Federation, which organises the event) to see if we should change the date to coincide with a possible resumption of all sports and major events,” Maracineanu said last week.
“Today, although high-level sport has been preserved, we try to limit the risks of clusters, of spreading the virus within professional sports.”
However, the Ministry offered an update on Tuesday through a spokeswoman, who told AFP any delay would not be as dramatic as last year’s.
“Discussions are underway with the organisers on the methods used, in particular for the reception of the public,” she said. “A delay of a few days is under discussion.”
The French Open is due to begin in the last week of May.
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