French Open postponement doable: govt

2021-04-04 14:00:27

French Sports activities Minister Roxana Maracineanu says it is doable the French Open might be postponed for the second yr amid the COVID-19 disaster.

France entered a 3rd nationwide lockdown on Saturday to include the coronavirus unfold, though skilled sports activities have largely been spared. An exception is biking’s Paris-Roubaix one-day race, which has been postponed from its unique April 11 slot.

The French Open, which final yr was postponed by 4 months and occurred in entrance of restricted crowds, is because of begin this yr on Could 23.

“We’re in dialogue with them (the French Tennis Federation, which organises the occasion) to see if we should always change the date to coincide with a doable resumption of all sports activities and main occasions,” Maracineanu advised France Information radio late on Saturday.

“In the present day, though high-level sport has been preserved, we attempt to restrict the dangers of clusters, of spreading the virus inside skilled sports activities.”

President Emmanuel Macron stated on Wednesday that he was anticipating to re-open the nation in mid-Could.

The director-general of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moreton, stated earlier this week that he couldn’t think about the grand slam event being cancelled.

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