There are now less than two months before the Roland Garros 2021 contest, the main tournament on clay and which has always been historic ground for all fans of this sport. The general situation inherent to the pandemic in France is still quite complicated, there is talk of a new possible generalized Lockdown regarding the transalpine country and in particular in Paris, consequently although not mainly there is concern about the dispute of the tournament and above all about the presence of the public.
The president of the French tennis federation (FFT) Gilles Moretton talked about different scenarios regarding the Parisian tournament, trying not to comment on even the less pleasant scenarios but emphasizing that this particular situation does not depend on him.
Trying to shed some light on the situation, Moretton has made it clear in the first place that the cancellation of the scheduled tournament, from May 23 to June 6, is not in the plans. Here are his words: "We are studying different options for Roland Garros 2021.
There are various possibilities and in the first place we hope to have all the spectators. It is certain, however, that all the options are under consideration, we can have 100% spectators or find ourselves with stadiums without an audience.
We are talking daily with all those directly involved and we are waiting to see how things will go. For now, the times are as expected, but if there is a general Lockdown for the next two months, we too will be forced to take measures.
We continue to be cautious and wait, we will try to be optimistic remembering that the vaccination is proceeding and that we see the light at the end of the tunnel "Regarding the possible cancellation of the tournament Moretton stated that he does not even dare to think of such an eventuality.
Obviously, Roland Garros will not be able to have bubbles and quarantines like those of the Australian Open, for example, because it is preceded by several tournaments on clay. The favorite at Roland Garros can only be the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, winner of 13 editions and great favorite again this year.
Andy Murray could play golf!
Andy Murray revealed that once his career about him on the tennis courts is over, he could open another one on the fairways. He said: "I really like golf: caddy for a professional on a tour would be exciting and would allow me to learn about another discipline.
Sport is my passion" Among the alternatives is that of becoming a soccer manager, Murray's first love who as a young man refused to train with Glasgow Rangers to focus on his tennis career. Murray added: “Maybe there are also some tangles between tennis and golf on a mental level, helping a golfer with that would be interesting.
Or even getting permission to coach in the world of football would be fun." The Scot, absent in Miami, achieved victory in the Florida Masters 1000 in 2009 and 2013, defeating first Novak Djokovic and then David Ferrer.
Andy, now world number 119, last faced Roger Federer in 2015, losing in two sets in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. His last victory against the Swiss was in 2013, when he overtook Roger in five sets in the semi-final of the Australian Open.
The Wimbledon appointment will return to being played this year with a reduced number of spectators and without the famous queue, after the cancellation suffered in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.