Fresh doubt over Roland Garros 2020 as French minister insists it won’t be behind closed doors

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French Sport Minister Roxana Maracineanu has raised doubts about this year’s French Open going ahead as planned, saying the event won’t be staged if no spectators are allowed.

Roland Garros 2020 was initially scheduled to run from May 24 to June 7, but the French Tennis Federation moved the tournament to September 20 to October 4 due to the enforced tennis break.

However, the French government has banned all sporting events with more than 5,000 people until at least September.

Maracineanu insists that Roland Garros as well as the Tour de France won’t go ahead unless things take a turn for the better.

“If things continue to improve in September, all events on the calendar such, as Roland Garros and the Tour de France, could be held,” she told RMC.

“They will only be held if there is authorisation for the public to be there. They will not be held behind closed doors.”

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