Tennis players around the world have denounced the lack of communication from the game’s governing bodies following the shock transition of the French Open in September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said Tuesday that the Grand Slam clay court at Roland Garros will now take place from September 20 to October 4, dates that collide with several other events.
The French Open will begin just seven days after the final of the US Open in New York, leaving the players to play the Grand Slam on clay in the middle of the swing on hard ground.
With players already counting the cost of stopping tennis, the decision did not go well.
Canadian world No. 93 Vasek Pospisil, who sits on the ATP Players’ Council, called the decision “selfish” and “arrogant” and added that it showed that players had no say in the matter. say in sports management.
“This is such a difficult time, everyone is affected by this disaster. Improving communication and working together to find solutions should be the priority,” he posted on Twitter.
Pospisil’s views have been taken up by other players.
“It is not to call ATP but to show the difficulties of the sport,” said American Noah Rubin.
“Four of the biggest events are private, can do whatever they want. Despite these unprecedented moments, you would think it would further promote communication.”
Former world number 1 male doubles player Jamie Murray of Great Britain expressed surprise at how the FFT decision was handled.
“I thought the powers of tennis were supposed to be working together these days?” he said.
Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, Sorana Cirstea from Romania and Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva all expressed frustration at the passage of social media.
Former n ° 1 Naomi Osaka reacted to the news with a foray into French with her post “Excuse me?” while other players posted memes on social media for
express their confusion and frustration.
The French Open will now face the men’s ATP circuit events in Metz, Saint Petersburg, Chengdu, Sofia and Zhuhai and the WTA women’s events in Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, and Wuhan.