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PARIS (Information) – French Open organisers have been in talks with the game’s governing our bodies to fine-tune the tennis calendar amid media reviews that the Grand Slam event is being delayed by per week.
“We took the choice in mid-March to postpone Roland Garros from September 20 to October 4. Since then, we have now been discussing with the worldwide our bodies of the varied circuits (Worldwide Tennis Federation, WTA, ATP) the optimum calendar for the second a part of the season, which will probably be finalised with the varied stakeholders very quickly,” a French tennis federation (FFT) spokesman instructed Information on Tuesday.
French newspaper Le Parisien and tennis web site tennis.com reported that the claycourt Grand Slam would begin per week later, on Sept. 27.
The FFT’s determination to postpone the French Open from Might 27-June 7 amid the COVID-19 disaster was extensively criticised as a result of the brand new dates clashed with the hardcourt season.
A Sept. 27 begin would give gamers a two-week window between the tip of the U.S. Open and the Paris event.
Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Toby Davis