Milos Raonic reveals his ‘biggest concern’ about French Open is their plan to allow fans
Milos Raonic is set to play at this year’s French Open, but he has questioned Roland Garros’ decision to allow spectators at the tournament following the recent surge in coronavirus cases in France.
Grand Slam tennis returned in New York this week with the US Open being played behind closed doors, and strict health and safety measures in place.
Players will move to Europe after the US Open with a few warm-up events before the French Open starts on September 27.
Unlike Flushing Meadows, spectators will be allowed at Roland Garros with stadiums set to be filled “up to 60%” every day, but Raonic is not in favour of it.
“My goal initially is to play pretty much every week – Rome and the French Open,” the Canadian said.
“The only thing that is of some concern to me is that [The French Open are] going to allow 20,000 fans.
“I think that’s what I was hearing, that they’ve sold tickets. I don’t think they’ve given out the seats or anything, but something about 20,000 fans a day.
“Unless they plan on completely shifting around the organisation of the venue, it’s hard to get to your practices, get to your matches without crossing 10s if not hundreds of people on the ground.
“That to me is the biggest concern, especially seeing with the spikes that are going on throughout France right now.
“It’s hard to see that sort of getting nullified in four weeks’ time or however long it is before the French Open starts.”
Follow us on Twitter @T365Official.
Sara Errani has serving meltdown, loses, shouts ‘f*** ***’, meanwhile Kiki Bertens leaves court in wheelchair
All in a day’s work at Roland Garros.
Serena Williams admits her 2020 season could be over after latest injury setback
Williams sustained the injury at US Open.
‘I’m struggling to walk,’ says Serena Williams as she pulls out of the French Open due to injury
Serena Williams OUT of 2020 French Open.
Deadly Novak Djokovic likened to a ‘snake suffocating its prey’ by French Open opponent
“At the beginning, it was just surreal,” says Ymer.
2020 French Open: Follow the action from Roland Garros with our live scores centre…
Catch the action with our live scores centre…
‘I would like to see Wimbledon go ahead with or without fans in 2021,’ says Andy Murray
Andy Murray hopes Wimbledon returns to 2021 calendar.
French Open day three: Mikael Ymer stunner against Novak Djokovic, and Mo Salah backing for Mayar Sherif
The story of the third day of action at Roland Garros.
Fernando Verdasco set to take legal action after French Open exclusion over Covid-19 result
“Do I want to sue Roland Garros? Yes, obviously.”
‘There needs to be a bigger pool of support,’ says Heather Watson as she calls for more help for British players
All six British players lost in first round at French Open.
Novak Djokovic: ‘I’m ready physically, mentally, emotionally to go deep in the tournament’
Nole produced a composed display at Roland Garros.