It is uncertain times at the moment but Roland Garros have really thrown the cat amongst the pigeons. Organisers have announced that this years edition will be played from the 20th of September through to the 4th of October.
This is a decision by Roland Garros and is not one of the WTA or ATP. For this to have been passed it would have to have had some ITF approval and have completely bypassed the tour and players who have found out via social media.
This is how it will affect the two tours.
On the WTA the move will see Roland Garros clash with:
Pan Pacific Open Tokyo
Wuhan Open (Premier 5)
It will finish a day before the Premier Mandatory event in Beijing.
There are also three WTA events all in Asia a week before the new Roland Garros date:
On the ATP tour it will clash with:
St. Petersberg Open
It will finish a day before ATP 500 events in Beijing and Tokyo. There are no ATP events a week before the 20th of September.
Other points to come from this…
Roland Garros will begin 7 days after the US Open concludes.
There will be no clay court warm up tournaments before hand so players will have to switch surface and continents to play either side of Asia swing on WTA tour and a mixture of European and Asian based events.
If you are on Twitter, go and read player’s reaction to this, they had no clue!
You can read Bernard Giudicelli’s (FFT President) statement below:
“We have made a difficult yet brave decision in this UNPRECEDENTED situation, which has evolved greatly since last weekend. We are acting responsibly, and must work together in the fight to ensure everybody’s health and safety,”