The ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic continue in professional tennis. It was officially announced today — via Twitter — that the 2020 French Open has been rescheduled. It will now take place between September 20 to October 4, just one week after the US Open. Many players were quick to react to the shocking news.
The news — which should have gone through the Players’ Council — has hit the tennis community like a ton of bricks. We found out about it the same way and the same time as they did — when browsing our Twitter feed.
Naomi Osaka seemed a little surprised by the news.
excusez moi??? https://t.co/kb5wi27dRc
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) March 17, 2020
The outspoken Vasek Pospisil made his thoughts know, too.
This is madness. Major announcement by Roland Garros changing the dates to one week after the US Open. No communication with the players or the ATP.. we have ZERO say in this sport. It’s time. #UniteThePlayers https://t.co/e0xc7Lor0b
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) March 17, 2020
Players also voiced their frustrations that Roland Garros chose Twitter as their only means of communicating this news to the players.
What???Again finding out through twitter… https://t.co/PtrINFoR6k
— Sorana Cirstea (@sorana_cirstea) March 17, 2020
Sympa de l’apprendre sur Twitter ?
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) March 17, 2020
— diego schwartzman (@dieschwartzman) March 17, 2020
Madison Keys took the high road with a little humor, as did Jonny O’Mara and Mardy Fish.
Everything is fine. pic.twitter.com/VenGwYSqLw
— Madison Keys (@Madison_Keys) March 17, 2020
French Open moving to September! 1 weeks after Us Open… Will have to be ready to adjust surface quick? Glad I’m on twitter to see tournament schedules and updates. Been searching my junk mail for days?
— Jonny O’Mara (@Jonny_OMara) March 17, 2020
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Roger didn’t miss the Clay season after all. https://t.co/VbqOyqno54
— Mardy Fish (@MardyFish) March 17, 2020
My favorite response of all was from Magnus Norman.
— Magnus Norman (@normansweden) March 17, 2020
While some laughed it off, most players are still pretty peeved. The communication between the event organizers and the players has really broken down over the past few weeks. I mean, Twitter? Really?
If things go as planned (now), the French Open 2020 will start the week following the US Open. It will definitely be a challenge for the players to shift from the hard courts and the US Open to the clay courts of the French Open in just seven days.
How will this affect the players? Rafael Nadal, for one, has got his work cut out if he is to defend both his titles. Will the King of Clay even play the US Open, or will he skip it and focus on Roland Garros?