The French Open is facing criticism
over French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli's decision to "go it alone" and reschedule the tournament.
With tennis suspended until 7 June due to the coronavirus, Roland Garros organisers opted to
reschedule the clay-court Grand Slam with 20 September - 4 October pencilled in as the new dates.
However, the decision did not go down well with many role players who
were unhappy they were not consulted, including the US Open, who
slammed the "unilateral decision".
German Tennis Federation president Dirk Hordoff says Giudicelli was most likely the driving force behind the move.
"This is not the French way of doing things, it's Bernard Giudicelli's way of doing things," he told Sky Sports Germany.
He added: "I believe he panicked because of the elections coming up (in February 2021) and wanted to score some points on his opponent."
It remains to be seen if the tennis season will resume on 8 June, but
the powers that be are still trying to draw up a new schedule that will
be accepted by all.
Hordoff says there is a possibility that the French Open may not take
place in their new slot and Roland Garros organisers could be punished
for their initial decision.
"The lack of solidarity from the [Roland Garros] organisers has been
criticised by everyone and I predict that the French Open will not
rescheduled as they imagined. Either they will work with the whole
tennis family to come up with a sensible plan or they will feel the
consequences of the whole tennis family.
"They will lose [ranking] points and that will result into a chaotic
event. There is a need to work together and not to go it alone, as the
president of the French Tennis Federation did."
- TEAMtalk media