A couple of months on from their big move without consolation the tournament director of Roland Garros, Guy Forget remains “ambitious and optimistic” about playing in the Autumn but knows plenty of hurdles still stand in the way.
A Roland Garros behind closed doors has not been ruled out but Guy has said they hope to:
“Welcome as many people as possible”
There wasn’t too much said to French radio station Europe 1 but Guy did say:
“At the moment, the signs are heading in a positive direction,”
“We should be ambitious and optimistic. We hope Roland Garros will take place, and under favourable circumstances.”
It is also expected that the calendar will have to shuffle again. Guy confirmed they are working very closely with the ATP, WTA and ITF and are expected to shift the event a couple of weeks forward which could impact the calendar even more!
“We are working very closely with the ATP, the WTA and the ITF so that we can make a comprehensive announcement about how the schedule will look from now until the end of the year,”
“There are still so many question marks.”
It is understood it could be moved back another two weeks eating into mid-October to avoid too many clashes with the US Open which is still unsure of it’s 2020 schedule.
Guy said this about the US Open.
“The city of New York is even more affected by coronavirus than France. They also have some big organisational problems and will make an announcement around about mid-June to explain how the US Open will look.”
Some good news from New York was that on Friday they did record their lowest number of fatalities since March at just 84 for a City that had become the epicentre of this pandemic.