The French Open will be the first Slam tournament with the presence of the crowd after the stopping of the competition due to the global pandemic. The president of the French Tennis Federation Bernard Giudicelli announced in a press conference: "This year we will play with the presence of the crowd, 20 thousand people a day, and ten thousand at most for the finals."
Roland Garros was postponed due to the pandemic, but was rescheduled from 27 September 2020. A one-sided decision that initially irritated ATP, WTA, and ITF, but which may have proved to be a fair and forward-looking choice.
Giudicelli then explained how the number of crowds inside the Stade de Roland Garros will be limited: “On Suzanne-Lenglen, Philippe-Chatrier and Simonne-Mathieu, the seats will follow a precise protocol: on each row there will be a empty seat that will divide each group of ticket holders, because there will be a maximum of four people who can sit in adjacent seats.
On the other courts, one place out of two will be left empty to respect the right distance." With these restrictions, there will be about 55% of the crowd compared to the normal days of the Parisian Slam.
Frances Tiafoe tested positive at Covid-19
Meanwhile, after Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena, Nole's coach Goran Ivanisevic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki, all positive at Covid-19, also young American star Frances Tiafoe was tested coronavirus positive.
Tiafoe himself confirms testing positive for the virus: "Unfortunately, I tested positive late Friday for Covid-19 and have to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup special event in Atlanta this weekend. Over the past two months, I have been training in Florida and tested negative there as recently as a week ago."
Continuing, he added, "I am scheduled to have a second test early next week, but have already begun the quarantine protocol as advised by the medical staff here in Atlanta. While I've been so excited to get back out there, the health and safety of everyone continues to be a top priority.
"Prior to his withdrawal from the event, Tiafoe played his first match in the team event against Sam Querrey on 3rd July. The 22-year-old won the match 6-4, 7-6 (5). His scheduled match for Saturday (4th July) against Tennys Sandgren was, however, canceled.
Christopher Eubanks replaced Tiafoe in the roster and is expected to play Sandgren on the same date. Releasing a formal statement, the event's director Eddie Gonzalez said, "Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Like all the players, Tiafoe was tested prior to or upon arrival in Atlanta and has passed daily temperature tests. Following his match, he was showing symptoms and was retested and tested positive. Tiafoe has left the event site and will not participate in the remainder of the event.
Upon learning this information, we immediately began deep cleaning and sanitizing the event site, and enacted protocols in place for contact tracing and alerting individuals who may have been exposed. The health and safety of our event participants, staff and awaits are a top priority, and we will continue to diligently enforce all guidelines from local health officials "