Italian Open claim they will reorganise tournament for September to heighten Roland Garros rescheduling speculation

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Organisers of the Italian Open have heightened speculation that Roland Garros may be rescheduled again by claiming they plan to hold their tournament in September.

The French Open is currently set to start on September 20 – just one week after the US Open finishes.

The challenges that will pose to players who will be expected to go from a hardcourt Grand Slam in the western hemisphere to a clay court Grand Slam in the eastern hemisphere has seem the decision receive almost universal criticism within tennis.

However, one solution may have presented itself, with the Italian Open in Rome possibly rescheduling for the September 20 and the French Open put back to the 27th.

Such a move would allow two weeks between Grand Slams and give players the chance to acclimatise on the clay of Rome before heading to Roland Garros.

And, according to Italian tennis federation president Angelo Binaghi, it could well be a possibility.

“I think that, barring major upheavals, we are going to reorganise the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in September, between the middle and the end of the month,” Binaghi told SuperTennis.

“They tell me, especially the Romans, that it is an extraordinary season, and the best time to play tennis.”

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