The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced Thursday that Roland-Garros would be postponed for a week due to restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be played from May 30 to June 13.
Last year, the Grand Slam on clay was moved from its traditional dates to September 27-October 11 due to the pandemic.
ATP and WTA issued a joint statement on the tournament’s week-long postponement:
“Tennis has required an agile approach to the calendar over the past 12 months in order to manage the challenges of the pandemic, and this continues to be the case. The decision to delay the departure from Roland Garros by a week was taken against the backdrop of the recently tightened COVID-19 restrictions in France, with the extra time improving the likelihood of improved conditions and the ability to accommodate fans during the the event.
“The ATP and the WTA are working in consultation with all parties affected by the postponement in order to optimize the schedule of players, tournaments and supporters before and after Roland Garros. Further updates will be communicated in due course. “