French Open Rescheduling Causes Conflict With US Open, Laver Cup

  • French Open Rescheduling Causes Conflict With US Open, Laver Cup

French Open Rescheduling Causes Conflict With US Open, Laver Cup

The tennis world has reacted with frustration to Wednesday's controversial announcement the French Open had been postponed, organisers condemned for blatant miscommunication and scheduling conflicts.

The global tennis calendar has been thrown into further chaos after a decision by French Open organisers to postpone the Grand Slam, with players and rival tournaments critical of the apparently unilateral move. The French Open was to have been played on the red clay of Roland-Garros Stadium from May 24-June 7.

FFT president Bernard Giudicelli said: "We have made a hard yet courageous decision in this unprecedented situation, which has evolved greatly since last weekend".

The U.S. Tennis Association said later Tuesday it is considering "the possibility" of postponing the U.S. Open because of the outbreak.

Already, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications which were scheduled to take place later this month and other football competitions have been suspended.

"Therefore the USTA would only do so in full consultation with the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup".

The French Open is one of hundreds of sporting events around the globe feeling the bite of the pandemic, but sister grand slam Wimbledon - which operates as a separate body - is adamant on seeing out the crisis before making a change of date.

The controversial new date for Roland Garros clashes with the Laver Cup where Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have played since it started in 2017.

Despite announcing the closure of the Wimbledon museum, shop, and community sports ground, the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club insist that plans remain in place for the tournament to begin on June 29. Directives limiting public movement and activity were cited by French Open officials in saying they could not continue with preparations to stage the tournament on its originally scheduled dates. "These are really tough times, unprecedented times, and it goes against the very idea that the tour works together".

The FFT announcement also stated that those fans who had already purchased the tickets would either be refunded or their tickets would be adjusted in the event's new dates.

The end of this year's tournament was supposed to represent the limit for ATP and WTA ranking points that would help determine which players were eligible to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics starting in late July.