French open 2020 postponed almost three months this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It scheduled to take place from 21st September to 11th October with a new top roof. However, Roland Garros Director Guy Forger expects more players to compete in the clay-court Grand Slam.
The French Open tournament director Guy Forget told Eurosport in an interview “Well, you know, the ATP and the WTA have been working really hard with us and the Grand Slams together to be able to put a schedule for the end of the season where players can play as much as possible,”. Notably, several top players have not yet confirmed their participation in hardcourt Grand Slam in New York.
Furthermore, His statement led to controversy due to the date clash with the US Open. The US open scheduled for 24 August, to 13 September 2020. Guy Forget wanted to start the French Open in September just a fortnight after the end of the US Open.
Clay court tournament Director statement received criticism while he aware some players cannot be able to participate immediately after the US Open. Especially the French Open Clay surface court well known for hard swing.
Forget replied about the player’s participation “None of the events are mandatory so players will basically choose where and when they want to play. I think it’s fair, you know, as a Grand Slam – New York or Paris – we’re expecting most of the players to come to our event, but eventually, some will not depending on where they come from.”
I Can’t-Wait For Them To Discover The New Philippe Chatrier Court- Guy Forget
Philippe Chatrier court reconstructed last year with 15000 daily spectators sitting capacity as a plan of making it more spacious, modern, and comfortable. But this year the new court is ready to take place the match without rain interruption because of a retractable roof.
Forget also Stated “You know a lot of players have been suffering a lot by not being able to make a living; so what we’re trying to, all of us, do now is to offer a schedule where they can actually perform. There’ll be a lot of events as you know; some of them are following each other.” He seemed to be more concerned about the tennis player’s wages and living.
He thrilled to share his expectation quoting “I’m looking forward to seeing all of the players, the women, and the men, because I know we’ll see a smile on their faces. I can’t wait for them to discover the new Philippe Chatrier court with the roof because it’s something we’ve been dreaming about for so many years. And I can’t wait to see the competition because the level of tennis we are witnessing every year is just incredible.