‘There is no debate’ about the slot for the 2021 French Open, insists tournament director

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The 2021 French Open is set to be played in its traditional slot although Roland Garros Tournament Director Guy Forget concedes they don’t have a “crystal ball” to predict the situation with the coronavirus.

This year’s tournament was originally scheduled to take place in its usual spring window from 24 May to 7 June, but it was then switched to 27 September to 11 October due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The French Open was played under strict health and safety protocols with only a handful of fans while the cooler autumn conditions did impact some players. However, it was a big success when all was said and done.

Although there is still no vaccine for the coronavirus, Forget says as far as they are concerned the 2021 event will move back to spring.

“I would say to make a decision on the tournament in May and June, it is not about ourself. Today for us the decision is made,” he said.

“We will play Roland Garros at the end of May and the beginning of June (2021) as it is done so far.

“So we cannot today expect what will be the situation, what will be the conditions and the sanitary conditions in the next spring. We cannot have a crystal ball to find the solution.

“So for us, at this point, there is no debate.”

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