French Open

French Open to be rescheduled again?

2020-04-24 14:02
roland garros, french open
Roland Garros (File)

The organisers of the French Open, who were criticised for unilaterally moving the tournament to a September start without consulting other tennis federations, could delay the event by another week, a report said on Friday.

The claycourt Grand Slam could now start on 27 September instead of 20 September, preceded by a week of qualification matches, Le Parisien newspaper said.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) declined to confirm the report, but said in a statement: "The FFT is in contact with the international bodies, the ATP, WTA and ITF, and is waiting for the calendar to be confirmed by them."

The FFT caused surprise in the tennis world by announcing in mid-March, just as France was going into lockdown because of the pandemic outbreak, that it was moving from its original 24 May-7 June slot to the September date.

If the tournament is delayed until 27 September 27, it would give a two-week pause after the US Open, which is currently scheduled to finish on 13 September 13.

Wimbledon, which was to have been played from 29 June to 12 July, has been cancelled.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  wta tour  |  french open  |  lockdown  |  coronavirus  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.