The head of French tennis Bernard Guidicelli admitted Sunday that the French Open, already controversial pushed four months because of the coronavirus could be staged in camera.
Guidicelli, who said that the French Federation (FFT) had “no regrets” about its unilateral decision to move the clay of the Grand Slam July-April 20 October September June 24 May insisted all options remain on the table.
“We do not exclude any option. Roland Garros is first and foremost a story of encounters and players,” he told the Sunday newspaper.
” it is the tournament that will be held in the stadium, and the tournament on television screens.
“millions of viewers the world entist expect. The organization behind closed doors enable part of the mod affairesel – TV rights [which represent more than a third of tournament revenue] – to go forward. This can not be overlooked. “
The spread of the coronavirus stopped any tennis since mid-March and will not resume until July 13 at the earliest.
Wimbledon has already been canceled for the first since the second World war.
the US Open, to be held in New York from August 31 to September 13 is also concerned with a decision expected in mid-June.
nearly 500,000 fans regularly attend Roland Garros every year.
However, an indication of the thinking around the 2020 edition cameThursday where FFT has decided to refund all tickets purchased for the original date of the tournament rather than transfer.
Guidicelli admitted that the start of the French Open reprogrammed could even be pushed back another week to begin September 27
This would allow a two-week break between the US Open and Roland Garros. [
123] “I talk regularly with Andrea Gaudenzi [President ATP], Steve Simon [president of the WTA] and David Haggerty [head of the ITF] and another appeal is expected next week to see how we have progressed.
“We work well together, but it is still early to accurately determine the calendar. “
Guidicelli is emphatic that the FFThad reason to change back the tournament in four months with the death toll of the coronavirus in France stood at 26,310 Saturday night.