The French Minister of Sport is seriously taking into account that Roland Garros will have to be postponed. “We are in talks with the French tennis federation to see if we should change the date,” Minister Roxana Maracineanu said on French radio on Sunday.
France went into a national lockdown for the third time on Saturday due to the high contamination figures with corona. The cycling classic Paris-Roubaix, which was planned for April 11, has already been moved to the autumn due to the pandemic.
That could happen again at the French Open on the gravel of Paris. According to the tennis calendar, the grand slam tournament starts on May 23, but according to the Minister of Sports it is quite possible that that starting date will move to the autumn. Last year, Roland Garros was also moved from spring to autumn. “Although sport is maintained at a high level, we try to limit the spread of the virus within professional sports.”
President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that he expects the country to ‘reopen’ in mid-May. Director Gilles Moreton of the French tennis federation said earlier this week that he could not imagine Roland Garros would be canceled.