French Open Reschedules Start To September 27

On March 17, French Open officials decided to reschedule their 2020 tournament to start on September 20. However, with further complications due to COVID-19, officials have rescheduled the start of their main draw event to September 27.

On Tuesday, May 5, the French Tennis Federation confirmed that the qualifying rounds would start on September 21, with the main draw following on the 27.

“After discussions with the different international tennis authorities (ATP, WTA and ITF) and subject to any health and safety obligations linked to COVID-19,” read the update, “we are currently analyzing the option to slightly modify the dates of Roland-Garros 2020 in order to host the tournament over three weeks, from 21 September to October 11, 2020.”

When the French Open originally decided to reschedule, it caused a conflict with the Laver Cup scheduling. But, soon the Laver Cup would officially cancel their 2020 tournament. Now that the French Open has moved a week later, it will cause a new conflict with the Chengdu, Sofia, Zhuhai, Beijing, Tokyo, Wuhan, and Beijing tournaments.

Likely though, with most tournaments decisions to cancel and many sports taking heavy precautions, the French Open will not be played in September at all. If it is played, it will almost certainly be without fans.

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