| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Seth Sarelson

 

On the heels of the US Open’s confirmation, the French Tennis Federation announced on Wednesday that it has confirmed dates for the 2020 French Open.

“Following discussions with the international tennis authorities—the ATP, WTA and ITF—the French Tennis Federation is delighted to announce that this year’s Roland Garros tournament will be played over three weeks, from September 21 to October 11 2020, providing the conditions relating to the COVID-19 health crisis allow it to go ahead,” the statement said. “The Parisian Grand Slam has been granted an extra week of competition, which means the qualifying tournament can be played from September 21.”

The tournament is now working alongside the French government to put the proper health and safety precautions in place.

“We are delighted that our discussions with the various international tennis authorities have allowed us to extend the 2020 edition of the Roland Garros tournament to three weeks. In the current, difficult climate we are well aware that it is a privilege to be able to hold Roland Garros in its usual format,” said Bernard Giudicelli, President of the French Tennis Federation. “Especially since the qualifying tournament will help to financially support a category of professional players who have been severely affected by this unprecedented crisis. The responsibile decision we made on March 17 to postpone the Roland Garros tournament—the climax of the clay season—until the autumn means that the 2020 clay season can be saved, providing the current situation continues to improve. The Roland Garris tournament is thus fulfilling its historical role as the clay court world championships. The tournament will be a new chapter in Roland Garros’ ongoing history.”