It’s official : Roland Garros will take place, not September 20 as previously reported due to the coronavirus, but the September 27 and will end on 11 October.The court Philippe Chatrier of the Internationaux de France de Roland Garros. (FABRICE ABGRAAL / RADIOFRANCE)
The French tennis Federation says it loud and clear : Roland Garros will not be closed. Everything will however depend on the evolution of the epidemic of coronavirus at this time, but Guy Forget, the director of Roland Garros does not contemplate a tournament without an audience. “This is not an option that we favour, of course, neither for the fans nor for the players,” he says. But we do not know what will happen until then”.
We are optimistic but still cautious.Guy Forget, director of Roland Garrosà franceinfo
Impossible to say today how many spectators will be able to go on the courts of the Porte d’auteuil from September 27 to October 11, the dates of the new report. But regardless of the number to Gaël Monfils, the French no. 1, the most important is that there is still the public : “It would be crazy that there are 5 000 people, 10 000 people ! To be able to play the tournament will be crazy for our sport. Our sport-we lack for lovers, I also think. This is not the real Roland Garros in may, but it will remain when even the real Roland Garros, even in September. I am very happy that it has taken place !”
What about rain, temperature, day length ?
A tournament in the fall, at a time of year where the rain may disrupt the matches, leaves doubtful of some players. Lucas Pouille does not neglect the uncertainty of the weather, and ask a lot of questions : “We don’t know what it does. Often it is nice to be back-to-school, but at the end of September it can be cold, it can rain a lot. It can give you something where you do not finish the tournament ? I don’t know. We will start the room and we will hope to shine. It’s going to be a little particular. He’ll have to adapt. Is it that they will keep the format ?”
And among the questions, there was the one of the brightness. In September and October, the sun sets around 19 hours, which is two hours less than in the month of June. But the organizers, vigilant, have anticipated everything. Twelve courts will be lighted, which is eight more than what was expected last may.
The sanitary rules adapted to the epidemic
The tournament will be subject to strict health rules, but today, Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Federation cannot reasonably itemize. “He’s not there yet at this stage of the model that is finally adopted he confirms. But what is for sure is that we will be in a position to organize this tournament to ensure the safety of the players, the players, their entourages and of course the public ! ”
The final of Roland Garros will take place on 11 October, three weeks before the Masters 1000 of Paris Bercy, which is, for the time is always kept to the schedule.