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French Open Now Eyeing September 27 Start

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem throughout their males’s singles ultimate match on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis match in Paris on June 10, 2018. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP


The organisers of the French Open, who had been criticised for unilaterally transferring the match to a September begin with out consulting different tennis federations, might delay the occasion by one other week, a report stated Friday.

The claycourt Grand Slam might now begin on September 27 as a substitute of September 20, preceded by per week of qualification matches, Le Parisien newspaper stated.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) declined to verify the report, however stated in an announcement: “The FFT is in contact with the international bodies, the ATP, WTA and ITF, and is waiting for the calendar to be confirmed by them.”

The FFT brought about shock within the tennis world by asserting in mid-March, simply as France was going into lockdown due to the pandemic outbreak, that it was transferring from its authentic Might 24-June 7 slot to the September date.

If the match is delayed till September 27, it might give a two-week pause after the US Open, which is at the moment scheduled to complete on September 13.

Wimbledon, which was to have been performed from June 29 to July 12, has been cancelled.

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