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After the anticipation, here comes the official. The 2021 edition of Roland Garros has been moved forward by one week, and will run from May 24 (week of which) to June 13, the day of the men’s final.
“In agreement with the French public authorities and the governing bodies of international tennis, the French Tennis Federation has taken the responsible decision to postpone the Roland-Garros 2021 tournament by one week, which will now be held from May 24 to June 13” you can read on the official website. “In his last speech, on March 31, the French president announced that starting from mid-May a program for the progressive restoration of cultural and sporting events will be established, subject to the improvement of the health situation. Using this as a starting point, the FFT worked closely with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and relevant government services on potential scenarios for organizing Roland Garros, taking into account the international sports calendar. In this context, it seemed that postponing the tournament by a week would be the best solution. The qualifying rounds will therefore be held from Monday 24th to Friday 28th May and will be followed by the main draw, from Sunday 30th May to Sunday 13th June ”.
Following this decision, a note arrives from the ATP, in which counter moves are soon announced, that is, adjustments to the calendar to deal with the slippage (which affects the first tournaments on grass and reduces the distance with Wimbledon …)
The ATP writes: “Tennis has required an agile approach to the calendar over the past 12 months in order to handle the challenges of the pandemic, and this continues to be the case.. The decision to delay the start of Roland Garros by a week was made in the context of recently increased Covid-19 restrictions in France, with additional time increasing the likelihood of improved conditions and the ability to welcome fans to the event. Both the ATP and the WTA are working in consultation with all parties affected by the postponement to optimize the schedule for players, tournaments and fans. in view of Roland Garros and subsequent events. Further updates will be communicated as soon as possible “.