Coronavirus Forces French Open Postponement to September

The 2020 tennis calendar continues to deal with cancelations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ATP and the WTA recently extended the suspension until early May.

After further evaluating the situation, the ATP decided to cancel the entire European clay-court season.

Following the extended suspension, the Tour is now set to return during the first week of June, already into the grass-court season.

Stuttgart and Rosmalen, two ATP 250 tournaments, are scheduled to start on June 8.

The cancelations eventually affected the biggest tournament of the clay-court season, the French Open.

Much to the player’s surprise, the tournament’s organization decided to postpone the 2020 edition.

The French Open will now move from its usual late May slot to September.

French Open Moves to September, Set to Take Place After US Open

The French Open organizers have announced that the tournament will be played from September 20 to October 4.

This would make Roland Garros the last major of the 2020 season, right after the US Open.

Following the cancelation of the clay-court season, the ATP and the WTA have also decided to temporarily freeze their respective rankings.

Shortly after the news came through, it was met by some heavy criticism from players.

Players Critical of French Open Organizers, Threaten Boycott

The information was immediately met with negative responses coming from the players.

Most of the criticism was aimed at the French Tennis Federation’s one-sided decision to reschedule the competition without asking for insight from the players.

Another big issue is the clash created by the September date.

With the US Open ending on September 14, this would leave the player’s little time to prepare.

The sudden switch from the fast American courts to the slow French clay would also prove to be a significant challenge, made even more difficult by the timeframe.

Players also criticized the inevitable strain caused by back-to-back majors, with two 14-day events played in the space of just over one month.

An additional problem would be the clash with the Laver Cup.

The popular team competition organized by Roger Federer will be played from September 25 to September 27.

ATP Players Council member Vasek Pospisil was the first one to come forward and was soon joined by other athletes.

Some of the Tour’s top players, including Federer and 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, have reportedly threatened to boycott the slam.

The situation will continue to unfold over the next few days, but, for now, it’s fair to say that the decision is far from being a popular one.

FAQ: What You Need to Know About the 2020 French Open Postponement

When is the 2020 French Open?

The 2020 French Open will now be played from September 20 until October 4 following its postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic.

When is the 2020 ATP Tour returning?

Following its cancelation of the European clay court season, the 2020 ATP Tour is now scheduled to return in June during the grass court season.

Is Rafael Nadal Going to Boycott the 2020 French Open?

Early reports indicate that 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal could boycott the 2020 edition following the unpopular decision to postpone the event.

We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).

WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.