Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15.18 2 Jul 2020


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It's been confirmed that this year's French Open at Roland Garros will go ahead in front of some fans.

The Grand Slam was originally scheduled for late May, but will instead begin on the Parisian clay on September 27.

Wimbledon is the only one of this year's Slams to be cancelled because of COVID-19.

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The French Tennis Federation (FTF) has implemented a number of measures that will allow them operate at a 50-60 per cent capacity.

It means as many as 20,000 fans could be allowed through the gates each day.

On every row in the three show courts (Philippe-Chatrier, Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne-Mathieu), one seat will be left spare between groups of fans. Group numbers are capped at a maximum of four.

On the outside courts, every second seat will be left free, with patrons allowed to sit in any of the available seats.

Tournament organisers say, "If the situation continues to improve, more tickets may be put on sale at the beginning of September.

"However, if the situation requires more stringent hygiene standards that force us to reduce the number of spectators on site, the tournament organisers will refund any supplementary tickets sold."

Regarding the wearing of masks, the FTF say, "Though we recommend wearing a mask in the vicinity of the stadium and whenever you are standing or sitting still inside the grounds (in the stands), any spectators moving around the 12-hectare site of Roland-Garros stadium will be obliged to wear a mask."

Players and their entourages will also have to adhere to strict hygiene protocols.

Last month, Novak Djokovic drew widespread criticism for his Adria Tour events in Serbia and Croatia.

Several players and coaches - including Djokovic and his wife - tested positive for coronavirus.


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