French tennis chief insists ‘Roland Garros will take place’ in September

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French Tennis Federation President Bernard Giudicelli is adamant that Roland Garros 2020 will go ahead, but concedes it is still unclear if fans will be allowed to attend.

After the tennis schedule was thrown into disarray due to the coronavirus pandemic, French officials decided to move Roland Garros from its usual May-June slot to September 20-October 4.

However, question marks over whether or not the French Open will take place in September persist and France’s top player Gael Monfils asked Giudicelli to put the issue to bed.

“Yes I confirm to you Gael, Roland Garros will take place,” he told the world No 9 during conversation on the latter’s Twitch channel.

Whether spectators will be allowed to attend is another matter though as the French government’s ban on gatherings of more than 500 people remains in place until September.

“The preferred option is to have a Roland Garros with maximum spectators,” Giudicelli added.

“Depending on health conditions, we will adapt to the directives the government gives us. The government will decide how many people can be there.”

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