French Open to be played behind closed doors an option

Roland Garros had been scheduled for May but has now been pushed to September

Roland Garros had been scheduled for May but has now been pushed to September

President Bernard Giudicelli has claimed the French Open could take place without spectators as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Organizing it behind closed doors would allow part of the business model - television rights [which provide more than a third of French Open revenue] - to go ahead. It's not to be overlooked.

Giudicelli adds that "the lack of visibility is genuine" when hosting a tournament without fans but "we are not ruling any option out".

Roland Garros had been scheduled for May 24 to June 7 before the French tennis federation (FFT) pushed it back to Sept 20-Oct 4 in a bid to save the tournament from falling victim to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this week, the FFT refunded tickets purchased for the original date and said they were reviewing their options.

"There is the tournament taking place in the stadium, and the tournament on TV screens", Giudicelli said.

'Millions of viewers around the world are waiting.

These were the details of the news French Open could be held behind closed doors for this day. "This can not be overlooked", he said.

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Recent reports have speculated that the French Open could be rescheduled again.

French media has reported Roland Garros could move to a September 27th start time.

"A tournament without a date is a boat without a rudder, we don't know where we're going".

"We have chosen to postpone Roland-Garros until the end of September and, assuming our responsibility, we are now working in collaboration with the French authorities to jointly define the appropriate measures that will guarantee the health and safety of all people present".

Guidicelli said there's a possibility of shifting the clay-court event further by a week so as to allow a break of two weeks after the conclusion of US Open.

As it stands, Roland Garros will take place a week after the conclusion of the US Open in NY, leaving players with little time to adjust to the surface change.

The tournament could also be moved from NY to Indian Wells, with a decision expected in June on the fate of the Grand Slam.

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