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French Open to start on September 27?

May 06, 2020 10:00 IST
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Organisers in talks with governing bodies amid rescheduling reports.

The Roland Garros that hosts the French Open. A September 27 start would give players a two-week window between the end of the US Open and the Paris tournament.

IMAGE: The Roland Garros that hosts the French Open. A September 27 start of the French Open would give players a two-week window between the end of the US Open and the Paris tournament. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

French Open organisers have been in talks with the sport's governing bodies to fine-tune the tennis calendar amid media reports that the Grand Slam tournament is being delayed by a week.

 

"We took the decision in mid-March to postpone Roland Garros from September 20 to October 4. Since then, we have been discussing with the international bodies of the various circuits (International Tennis Federation, WTA, ATP) the optimum calendar for the second part of the season, which will be finalised with the various stakeholders very soon," a French tennis federation (FFT) spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday.

French newspaper Le Parisien and tennis website tennis.com reported that the claycourt Grand Slam would start a week later, on September 27.

The FFT's decision to postpone the French Open from May 27-June 7 amid the COVID-19 crisis was widely criticised because the new dates clashed with the hardcourt season.

A September 27 start would give players a two-week window between the end of the US Open and the Paris tournament.

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