The French Open is expected to be postponed by a WEEK to May 30 due to the increase in Covid cases in France … but the proposed change will cause a CLASH with the UK grass season.
- This year’s French Open set to be postponed for a week due to coronavirus cases
- France is currently experiencing a new wave of Covid infections
- Clay court Grand Slam set to be moved to a May 30 start date
- It’s a later start would mean a clash with part of the UK grass season
This year’s French Open is set to set back a week, causing a clash with the UK grass season.
The Grand Slam on clay is expected to be moved to an start date of May 30, to give it the best chance of happening under the most normal conditions possible due to the ongoing pandemic sweeping through France.
According to The team The move will be unveiled on Thursday, causing a ripple effect on UK turf swing.
French Open set to be postponed for a week, causing clash with UK grass season
This means that the calendar will essentially revert to what it was before 2015, when there was only a fortnight between Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
It’s hard to see Wimbledon go back a week in a year that sees the Olympics coming right after the championships.
The initial turf events may see slightly weaker pitches, as does the Cinch Championships at the Queen’s Club.
Last year the French Open was moved to the fall as a far from ideal necessity.
Authorities hope that by the end of May, the current wave of infections in Paris and the accompanying restrictions will have subsided.
The movement is about trying to give the event the best chance to proceed under normal conditions.