Roland Garros confirms ‘up to 60%’ capacity for French Open, Covid-19 protocols for players being finalised
The 2020 French Open won’t be a behind-closed doors event with Roland Garros confirming that spectators will be allowed to fill up to 60 per cent of stadiums.
This year’s clay-court Grand Slam was moved from its original May 24-June 7 slot to September 27-October 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the United States Tennis Association opting to host the US Open without spectators, many believed the French Tennis Federation (FFT) could follow suit.
However, the FFT has adopted a different approach as Covid-19 has started to flatten across Europe.
“The number of spectators allowed inside the stadium will be 50% to 60% of its usual capacity, allowing us to ensure the barrier measures are respected,” a statement said.
On the main courts, a maximum of four people will be able to sit together with an empty seat between groups while on the other courts one seat out of two will be empty.
Up to 20,000 people are likely to attend the French Open during the early stages with about 10,000 fans expected on the day of the finals.
Masks will also be mandatory for people who are inside the grounds while it will only be recommended for those in the vicinity of the stadium.
“We went for the responsible option,” FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said.
He added: “Should the situation evolve in the right direction, new tickets would be available in September.”
The French Tennis Federation also confirmed that specific hygiene protocol for players and their entourage are still being drafted and will be released in due course.
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