The president of the French Federation of tennis, Bernard Giudicelli, said on franceinfo that the tournament of Roland-Garros is saved and that it will be taking place in 2020. It is not known, however the exact date of the start of the tournament.The president of the French Federation of tennis (FFT), Bernard Giudicelli, the draw of the tournament of Roland-Garros in 2017. (ARNAUD JOURNOIS / MAXPPP)
Initially, Roland-Garros was scheduled to start this Sunday, may 24th, but was postponed due to the pandemic of sars coronavirus. A decision that has saved the tournament according to the president of the French Federation of tennis, Bernard Giudicelli. “Last year, at this time, we saw our young people to shine in the qualifiers, and we approached the draw. But at the same time, we say that it has saved the tournament, the tournament is still alive and it will be held this year in 2020, in any case, everything is done for”, said the president of the FFT.
When asked about the exact date of the beginning of the tournament, the 20 or the 27th of September, Bernard Giudicelli said that, since mid-march, “the choice of the date gives rise to regular exchanges with all the international bodies, the ATP, the WTA, the international Federation also. We are working to finalize a calendar for the end of the season yet. It is still a little early to announce the final date”, while ensuring that the date would be arrested “soon”.
The roof is ready for the tournament
Regarding the possibility of making the tournament behind closed doors, he believes that “this is really the ultimate option, it is the one that would be decided just before the revelation. So, this is not our priority”. Furthermore, it ensures that the FFT “is not envisaged at all,” a cancellation of the tournament for the moment, and that it is not “all in the mind of a white season.” “I think we can, without proof of a trivial optimism, it can be determined and resolved, methodical, mostly, and work to ensure that the tournament is held in the best conditions”, he adds.
In addition, “the roof is ready” at the top of Roland-Garros, delivered one month ahead of schedule and three years after the decision of the TFF to put a roof over the clay. It weighs “3,500 tons. This is not nothing. That’s 10 000 square meters when it is deployed. The test results are conclusive. It takes 15 minutes exactly” to open it.