Some surprising news just came out of France regarding the possible rescheduling of the 2021 French Open. This follows the recent national lockdown imposed on France by its government due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As expected, the lockdown has affected many things, including sports activities. The FFT (French Federation of Tennis) organizers emphasized that if the pandemic persists in the country, they are open to revising the dates of next year’s Grand Slam just like they did earlier this year.
Many players and experts didn’t like the way the FFT singlehandedly moved the tournament dates from late May to September, and then announced it after the fact on social media. It created much confusion and chaos, especially for the players who were suddenly forced to choose between training for the US Open and the French Open.
Whatever criticisms the FFT received, tournament director, Guy Forget maintains that postponing the tournament was the right thing to do.
In a recent interview in Paris, the director revealed that when all was said and done, everyone — including the players — was happy with the decision.
Forget also said that if the pandemic continues, officials will not hesitate to change the dates again; however, this time, they are committed to working with other organizations and maintaining open communication and transparency before making the final call.
As of today, the 2021 French Open is still scheduled to take place from May 17th – June 6th. Currently, the focus is on the ongoing Rolex Paris Masters 2020, which has been running without any fans in the stands. Hopefully next year, fans will once again be able to enjoy their sport in stadiums while supporting their favorite players.