The French Open of the tennis pro has been officially postponed by one week. This was announced by the organizers on Thursday.
The second Grand Slam tournament of the year is now held from 30th May to 13th June, before the peak of the sandfield season had been planned for the time from 23rd May to 6th June.
The French tennis association FFT has set itself the goal, “maximize the chances of the tournament being played in front of as many fans as possible while ensuring health and safety,” a press release said. The one week postponement helped with the project.
The decision was not surprising. The French Government had already discussed with the organisers a “delay of a few days”. The current four-week lockdown is scheduled to end at the beginning of May.
Last year the French Open was postponed to September by four months. At the time, only 1000-per-day viewers were allowed on the site in Paris.
The new restrictions due to the high incidence rates in France have been in place since early April.