Rafael Nadal will have to wait a week to start the chase for the 14th Roland Garros title, and all other players will also have to return their calendar.
The French Tennis Federation announced on Thursday that the French Open will be moved by one week due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus explodes in France, Italy and other European countries. The tournament will now be played from May 30 to June 13.
As a result of the move, the grass field is reduced from three to two weeks, and Wimbledon should be launched from June 28 to July 11.
Last year, the Grand Slam with clay pitches was moved from its traditional dates to September 27th. 11 due to a pandemic. It was played two weeks after the US Open. Nadal decided to skip the US Open and won his 13th French Open title by destroying Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Polish teenager Iga gawiątek won the women’s title without dropping the set.
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. ”
Wimbledon officials issued a statement supporting the move.
“The championship starts as planned on June 28, 2021, and the qualifiers will be held from June 21, 2021. The turf season between Roland Garros and Wimbledon will return to three weeks from 2022.”