In consultation with the public authorities and international tennis bodies, the French Tennis Federation has decided to postpone the 2021 Roland-Garros tournament by one week, which will now be held from May 24 to June 13.
During his last speech, on March 31, the President of the Republic announced that a gradual return to normal for cultural and sporting events was envisaged from May, subject to an improvement in the health situation. On these bases, the FFT worked in close collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports and the relevant State services on the various scenarios available to it for the organization of Roland. -Garros, while taking into account the international sports calendar.
In this context, the postponement of the tournament for a week appeared to be the most suitable solution. Thus, the qualifications will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 May and will be followed by the final draw, from Sunday 30 May to Sunday 13 June.
If the FFT is delighted that the public authorities have maintained major sporting events despite the health restrictions, its objective, for this 2021 edition of Roland-Garros, is to maximize the chances that the tournament can be played in front of the greatest possible number of spectators, both for the players and for the entire community of enthusiasts, while ensuring everyone's health safety. In view of this dual objective, each week can prove to be invaluable.
"I am delighted that the consultation with the public authorities, the various international tennis bodies, our partners and broadcasters and the work in progress with the WTA and ATP has made it possible to postpone the 2021 edition of the tournament by one week. Roland-Garros tournament, and I thank them for it. This postponement will allow a little more time to improve the sanitary situation and should allow us to optimize our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros, in this transformed stadium which now extends over more than 12 ha. . Whether for the fans, the players but also for the atmosphere, the presence of the public is essential to the tournament, the first international sporting event of the spring ”, declares Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT.
Speaking on behalf of the four Grand Slam tournaments, Grand Slam Board General Manager Ugo Valensi said: “ This period remains extremely difficult for people around the world. While optimism is in order for the future, the pandemic is still part of our lives. The Grand Slam tournaments representing the flagship events of our sport, we will do everything to ensure that they can be organized in the best conditions. After consultations, the Grand Slam Council gives its full support to the FFT in its decision to postpone Roland-Garros for a week in order to increase its chances of organizing the tournament in good conditions ”.
In addition, the FFT will continue to work with the State services in order to develop the most suitable organizational conditions in terms of health. The health protocols that will be defined in this way will be the subject of a later communication.
For sports lovers, as for the general public, Roland-Garros is an unmissable event. In 2020, Roland-Garros was broadcast in 222 territories across the planet, giving the tournament its dimension as a world sporting event of the utmost importance. Organized by the French Tennis Federation, Roland-Garros is the only grand slam tournament to be played on clay, one of the oldest and noblest surfaces in tennis history.
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