After last years fiasco where Roland Garros selfishly move their event without consulting the other Grand Slams, ITF, ATP or WTA you would have thought they have learnt from their lessons, apparently not.
Just a couple of days ago it was rumoured the event would be moved back, France is currently seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases and with the hope of getting more fans on seats at Roland Garros organisers have moved it back a week.
At late notice with the clay court swing underway it now has the ATP and WTA scrambling around to help tournaments to try and reschedule at late notice.
Roland Garros moving a week back does put some grass tournaments participation fields and tournaments itself at big risk.
Roland Garros will now begin on the 24th of May until the 13th of June clashing with these tournaments set to begin on the 7th of June:
It could also see a clash with tournaments the week after, the Women’s Final at Roland Garros is due a day before events in Birmingham and Berlin with the Men’s Final the same as Queens Club and Halle’s start date.
Events and Governing Bodies have yet to communicate further at this point but the WTA and ATP have released a joint statement saying:
“Both the WTA and ATP are working in consultation with all parties impacted by the postponement to optimise the calendar for players, tournaments and fans, in the lead up to and following Roland-Garros. Further updates will be communicated in due course.”
It is a big task now for the WTA and ATP and the tournaments themselves who will have to look at moving, there isn’t much choice in the matter. Despite tickets being sold and plans in place to host events last minute changes must now be made.
It is worth noting that this move has been agreed with the Grand Slam board who have “Fully supported” the move, it would have been nice if the move could have been made in conjunction with the tours so that all changes could have been made at once and caused less of a headache for organisers.
Roland Garros have also come out regarding a story RMC Sport which says only mens matches will be night matches on Philippe Chatrier and will be “match of the day”, Roland Garros has said it will be mens and women’s and dependant on the order of play decided by the head tournament umpire.
In the same statement they said Men and Women have an “equal footing” at Roland Garros which didn’t seem the case in 2019 when neither of the women’s semi-finals were played on Court Philippe Chatrier.