- 23 Sep 2020
First it was the postponement of the entire tournament, from May and June to September and October. Now, the number of fans allowed to attend has been fluctuating wildly in recent weeks.
Needless to say, it has already been a tumultuous year for the French Tennis Federation and Roland-Garros tournament organizers — and the main draw of the tournament is still four days away!
After moving the event back four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Roland-Garros was forced earlier this month by the French government to reduce the planned number of spectators from 11,500 per day to 5,000 per day. FFT president Bernard Giudicelli and tournament director Guy Forget may now have to reduce the spread of fans between its three show courts (Court Philippe-Chatrier, Court Suzanne-Lenglen and Court Simonne-Mathieu) to an even greater extent.
But nobody knows for sure at this point.
Reports indicate that we will not know until Friday if the number is going to be reduced further from 5,000.
Le Ministre de la Santé Olivier Véran indique qu’il faudra attendre 48h et une concertation avec le Préfèt de Paris et les élus pour savoir si la jauge de 5000 spectateurs par jour à #RolandGarros sera ou non maintenue. #RG20
— Clovis (@Sivolc) September 23, 2020
France’s Minister of health also announced that the limit on gatherings in certain “alert zones” has been reduced from 5,000 to 1,000. It is not yet clear if that means Roland-Garros is heading for such a reduction, but it certainly sounds like that could be a possibility.
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) September 23, 2020
Should there be fans at Roland-Garros this year? If so, how many should there be? Our Match Points panel recently debated the hot topic.