The Roland Garros 2021 could be postponed by a week. The epidemiological situation in France is worrying and the French government is very cautious and this situation could lead to sensational movements or renunciations for sporting events and all the major events planned in France.
In recent weeks, indeed in the last few days, there has been much discussion about the situation of Roland Garros, the main tournament on clay and usually the third Grand Slam of the year. The French Minister of Sport, Roxana Maraciineanu, only a few days ago made the following statements: "We are discussing with the French Federtennis to see if it will be necessary to change the date."
A few days after these words, an important confirmation in this regard comes from the Equipe: the main French newspaper in fact reports that the Parisian tournament will be postponed by delaying it by a week and will thus be played from 23 May to 6 June.
Officially the starting date of Roland Garros is for next May 17th, at the moment there are no official news in this sense but there is curiosity about how the ATP will react and how the players will move. This choice could in fact change the calendar and not just a little and could lead to a gap of only two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon, second and third Slam of the year.
In general, this would revolutionize the entire grass season by creating complications in tournaments like Halle or Queen's. Already in 2020 the budding season was not disputed due to the Pandemic and compared to last year neither Wimbledon nor the minor tournaments are of the same opinion in this case.
Furthermore, neither the ATP nor the WTA have given indications on this news but the source is very reliable and in the next few hours there could be new news about it. A tennis player who is waiting with interest for this situation is certainly the thirteen-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal.
The Spanish tennis legend sees the Parisian tournament as his main goal of the season and awaits with interest but also caution the evolution of the situation. he could thus change the main tennis calendar.
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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.