The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced on Thursday that Roland-Garros will be pushed back one week due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be played from May 30 to June 13.
Last year, the Grand Slam on clay was moved from its traditional dates to September 27 – October 11 due to a pandemic.
The ATP and WTA have issued a joint statement postponing the tournament for one day:
“Tennis has required skilful access to the calendar over the past 12 months to manage the challenges of the pandemic, and that is still the case. The decision to postpone the start of Roland-Garros for one week was made in the context of the recently raised restrictions on COVID-19 in France, with additional time improving the likelihood of improved conditions and the possibility of welcoming fans to the event.
“Both the ATP and the WTA are working in agreement with all parties affected by the delay to optimize the calendar for players, tournaments and fans before and after Roland-Garros. Further updates will be sent over time. ”