Rival Grand Slams give ‘full support’ to Roland Garros over postponement

The decision to delay Roland Garros was done so with the ‘full support’ of all the other Grand Slams, they have confirmed.

With a third wave of the coronavirus currently sweeping through France, new lockdown restrictions were put in place last week.

That has prompted a delay of the French Open by a week to bring it back into line with the easing of those restrictions.

A by-product of that is that there is now just two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and some grass events are now scheduled to take place during the second week of the French Open.

However, Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open have banded together to release a joint statement declaring their support for the postponement due to ‘exceptional circumstances.’

“Today the French Tennis Federation has announced that due to the exceptional challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic and national French restrictions, the staging of Roland Garros will be postponed by one week,” the statement reads.

“This decision has been discussed with the Grand Slam Board, and, given the exceptional circumstances, is fully supported by the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

“All four Grand Slam tournaments are united in their view on the importance of a meaningful build-up to every Grand Slam, to provide players of all competitive levels with appropriate opportunities to practice, prepare and compete on the relevant surface.

“It was for this reason that the Grand Slams, together with the Tours, were supportive of changes to the calendar to create an enhanced grass court season of three weeks between Roland-Garros and The Championships from 2015 onwards.

“It is widely agreed that this change has been very successfully received.

“However, given the considerable challenges ahead of the FFT in staging Roland-Garros, and to avoid further impact on the rest of the calendar, the grass court season between Roland-Garros and Wimbledon will be reduced by one week in 2021.

“The Championships will begin as planned on 28 June 2021, with Qualifying taking place from 21 June 2021. The grass court season between Roland-Garros and Wimbledon will return to three weeks from 2022.”

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