Wherein a big controversy goes over the US Open proposed pandemic protocols. Now, the French Tennis Federation(FFT) also announces several changes in the upcoming Tournament. Earlier, the French Open 2020 has postponed to end of the September due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Right now, Roland Garros has scheduled to begin on 20th September. COVID-19 spread has forced tour organizers to make major changes. As reported by Spanish daily Marca, French Open draws only have 96 players in men’s singles draw instead of 128 players. However, there is no deformation in the women’s singles category. It will continue with 96 players draw.
Notably, the US Open will be held two weeks before the Paris Grand Slam. As a consequence, the Roland Garros tour organizers make changes over the players participating.
No Mixed Doubles And Legends Event In French Open 2020
Moreover, the French Open organizer also removed the Mixed Doubles and Legends event from the 2020 tournament. And Legends tournament titles won by several prominent players like Sergi Bruguera, Juan Ferrero, Carlos Moyá, Álex Corretja, ArantxaVicario, and Conchita Martínez in the past. These two measures also serve the dip in the overall prize money.
FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said to Sport 24, “I am a defender of doubles. I hear what they say about profitability but double is an important element of tennis. It is no coincidence that, at the time of the Olympic Games, the best will play it. We will of course maintain the double men and women tournaments at Roland-Garros.”
Although, French Tennis Federation is ready to show modernization in the tennis courts. A retractable roof has been placed on top of the main court with 15,225-seat Philippe Chatrier. It will help fans to watch the non-stop tennis actions in the global event.