“Having as many spectators just seems incredibly risky”
- 21 September 2020 à 21H35
The case against fansRothenberg argues that the there is too big of a risk in allowing fans at Roland-Garros. Even if there are distancing rules in place, as there are, he maintains that actually enforcing those rules could be difficult. It will be difficult to prevent people from mingling, especially in the case of rain delays.
"It still makes me very nervous," Rothenberg cautioned. "This is a public health thing -- it's about having large public gatherings in France. What happens if there is a rain delay? People would crowd in the tunnels and get near each other and everything. "You're adding so many variables; you're adding so much risk with having thousands and thousands of people there. Cases are currently going up at a steep rate in France. People have gotten complacent in various countries; when you have success, you re-open things. And then you have less success."
The case for fansFormer Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli could not disagree more. She will be working on site throughout the French Open and has no reservations about doing so, even with thousands of spectators in her midst.
"I completely disagree with what Ben said, from A to Z," she said. "I'm going to work at Roland-Garros and I'm six months pregnant. I don't feel any sort of insecurity going there and having to work there. Everything they explained to me is very reasonable, and I feel extremely confident. We will have zero contact with the players. The only contact I'm going to have is when I will be on court for the interviews. And, still, we will respect social distancing."