French Open seeking to avoid US Open clash


French Open director Guy Forget stated he was working with tennis authorities to make sure that the dates of the clay court docket grand slam match and people of the US Open don’t clash.

The French Open had initially been due to begin on Sunday, however the coronavirus disaster pressured organisers to postpone the beginning to September 20, one week after the scheduled closing of the US Open, main to criticism inside the tennis world.

Earlier this month, the French tennis federation stated it was in talks with the ATP, WTA and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) over a revised calendar for the season.

“The official announcement has not been made yet. It (the French Open) will probably be between the end of September and the beginning of October. We’ve been working closely with the ATP, the WTA and the ITF to make a global announcement on what the circuit will be like until the end of the year,” Forget advised French radio Europe 1 on Saturday.

“There are so many question marks. The city of New York is more affected by the coronavirus than France. They also have a lot of organisation problems, they will make an announcement mid-June to say how it’s going to be like for the U.S. Open.”

Meanwhile, Forget is assured the French Open – whose girls’s singles title was received final yr by Australia’s world No.1 Ashleigh Barty – can be performed in good circumstances.

“We’ll see how the situation is in a couple of months. We will adapt to what the government will say. We have to be ambitious and optimistic,” he stated.

France has banned occasions involving 5,000 or extra individuals till the top of August.

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