French Open

French Open postponement a possibility

French Open postponement a possibility

KING OF CLAY. Rafael Nadal (right) beat Novak Djokovic in the French Open men's finals last year.

Photo by Charles Platiau/Reuters

Last year, the French Open was postponed by 4 months and took place in front of limited crowds

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said it was possible the French Open could be postponed for the second year amid the coronavirus crisis.

France entered a third nationwide lockdown on Saturday to contain the coronavirus spread, although professional sports have largely been spared. An exception is the Paris-Roubaix one-day cycling race, which has been postponed from its original April 11 slot.

The French Open, which last year was postponed by 4 months and took place in front of limited crowds, is due to start this year on May 23.

“We are in discussion with them (the French Tennis Federation, which organizes the event) to see if we should change the date to coincide with a possible resumption of all sports and major events,” Maracineanu told France Info radio late on Saturday, April 3.

“Today, although high-level sport has been preserved, we try to limit the risks of clusters, of spreading the virus within professional sports.”

President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that he was expecting to reopen the country in mid-May.

The director-general of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moreton, said earlier this week that he could not imagine the Grand Slam tournament being canceled. –