Cancel French Open rather than play without spectators – Leconte

Henri Leconte says the French Open must be cancelled whether or not or not or not or not it is inconceivable to have spectators on the clay courtroom docket Grand Slam occasion.

“I actually truly actually really feel there’s merely no actual curiosity in having Roland Garros behind closed doorways,” Leconte, who misplaced to Mats Wilander contained throughout the 1988 remaining, urged L’Equipe TV.

The French tennis federation has moved the event from its preliminary 24 May – 7 June dates to 20 September – four October on account of coronavirus pandemic.

“Will possibly be sturdy for the avid avid gamers to take care of it,” Leconte acknowledged. “That is above all else a political choice. The federation hopes that in a number of months we’ll be succesful to play Roland Garros (in frequent circumstances)… nonetheless having gratifying with it behind closed doorways, no.

“I actually truly actually really feel will greater than seemingly be elevated to cancel it and begin as shortly as additional by having a exact season in 2021.”

French federation president Bernard Giudicelli has acknowledged holding the event with out spectators was one risk being thought of.

The organisers of Wimbledon have cancelled the 2020 event whereas the US Open stays for now in its distinctive August-September slot.

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