Major sporting events are on hold to avoid huge crowds gathering to watch their favorite players on the pitch or court. Tennis tours which were to hold in the summer of 2020 have also been postponed to later dates. These developments have brought concerns to the various competitions’ organizers, with the fear of possible closeness of dates being a big problem. Two of these events; the US Open and the French Open could end up being a week apart as the new date for the tournament in France could set up a clash. Although nothing is a hundred percent certain, organizers hope for the best as they continue preparations for the tournaments.
The French Open or Roland Garros was scheduled to take place from May 24th to 7th of June this year. Health concerns led to the event being postponed to the 20th of September. Guy Forget, the director for Roland Garros this year has spoken of the possibility of moving the tournament even further. The clay-court event which usually holds between the months of May and June had to be moved much further to accommodate the possibility of the Wimbledon Open and other ATP tours this year.
Guy Forget is now in constant collaboration with different Tennis organizations to work out a date for the competition to take place. The September 20 date proposed for the French Open comes exactly a week after the end of the US Open. Many players will be involved in both major tournaments, bringing concerns over fitness and well-being of the players. The US Open with is to take place in New York City is not certain to hold as scheduled due to the health concerns in the city. Forget and his team will now be working closely with the International Tennis Federation and organizers of the US Open to fix a date for Roland Garros event.
Both sets of organizers seem to be watching trends in the health sector. The Flushing Meadows’ team will come out with an announcement in June regarding the US Open tournament. If there is a decision to cancel the major Tennis event in the United States, then there may be no need to postpone the new date for the French Open. Forget has spoken of the tournament being postponed further should the US Open go on as planned, but September or early October seems to be the likeliest of months. All decisions are subject to change at the moment with time being the telling factor for these events.