Amidst growing concerns around the hosting of sports and tennis events during this outbreak of the coronovirus, the French Open authorities have claimed the second Grand Slam will go on as scheduled.
The 2020 edition of the French Open will kick-start from May 25 as scheduled according to the organisers at Roland-Garros despite there being chat about its postponement following the spread of coronavirus in Europe.
France has already seen a handful of people lose their battle to the disease which has seen a huge spread from China and sporting events including tennis tournaments are already seen getting affected.
Already Davis Cup matches have been played to empty stadium and a few Challengers in Asia were cancelled but in what seemed like a telling blow to tennis tournaments in the immediate future, the Indian Wells Masters was postponed by the organisers.
According to a report on AFP, the French Open authorities will monitor the situation till the very end but for now, the tournament is expected to go on as scheduled.
Speaking to the news agency, French Tennis Federation (FFT) director general Jean-Francois Vilotte said:
“We are on a 13-hectare site which allows the flow of spectators to be organised very differently from football stadiums.”
And while events consisting of more than 5000 people have had to be abandoned if held in confied space, Vilotte said the rule wasn’t applicable to the Roland-Garros. He explained:
“Even with the roof closed, Court Philippe Chatrier is an outdoor court. It is covered, but there are spaces between the stands and the roof which make it not a confined enclosure.”
More news is now awaited on whether the Miami Masters, the tennis competition expected to be played after the Indian Wells Open, will go ahead as scheduled.