As L’Equipe reports, it is only a matter of time before the postponement of Roland Garros by one week is officially announced.
Apparently, the FFT has decided to postpone Roland Garros by at least a week, meaning that instead of May 23 – June 6, the clay Grand Slam will start on May 30 and conclude on June 13.
The same publication, while not ruling out the possibility of a two-week postponement, says that it is only a matter of time before we have an official announcement of Roland Garros.
We recall that last year the FFT turned the tables when it announced that it would move Roland Garros from the last week of May to the last week of September, without the consent of the other governing bodies of the tour.
Eventually they got it and Roland Garros was held in the fall, along with a few other major tournaments in the clay season. Nothing similar may happen this year, but surely moving it even for a week creates a headache for many.
The – only 5-week-long – grass season, which didn’t even happen last year, is directly affected by this decision and may be shortened. The tournaments in Stuttgart (ATP), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (ATP/WTA) and Nottingham (WTA) are scheduled for the period 7-13 June, which in the new circumstances will be the second week of Roland Garros. It remains unknown what will happen to these tournaments, but it seems very difficult to move them, because that would have to change the entire calendar and bring postponements even to the other major tournaments.
The summer schedule is particularly “loaded” because of the Olympic Games this year. Wimbledon is expected to take place from June 28 to July 11 (just two weeks after the end of Roland Garros according to the new data), the Olympic Games for tennis start on July 26 and right after that the American hard court season starts, ending with the US Open from August 30 to September 12.