PARIS – France's open tennis tournament at Roland Garros can be held without fans later this year, said the president of the French Tennis Federation on Sunday.
The clay court tournament at Roland Garros was initially scheduled to take place from May 24 to June 7, but was postponed amid coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for September 20 to October 4.
Bernard Giudicelli told the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that organizers are considering the prospect that they may need to move on without fans. It may even start a week later.
"Organizing it without fans would allow part of the economy to continue to turn, [like] television rights and partnerships. It must not be overlooked, "said Giudicelli in an interview with Sunday's newspaper." We are not ruling out any options. "
However, he admitted that "the lack of visibility" when hosting a tournament without fans is a concern.
Recent reports have speculated that the French Open could be rescheduled again.
"On the 20th or the 27th, that doesn't change much," said Giudicelli.
The FFT is refunding all tickets purchased for the original dates, and a new ticketing procedure will open if you continue.