French tennis chief Bernard Guidicelli admitted on Sunday that Roland Garros, already controversially pushed as soon as extra 4 months on account of coronavirus, may very properly be staged behind closed doorways.
Guidicelli, who talked about that the French federation (FFT) had “no regrets” over its unilateral willpower to maneuver the clay courtroom docket Grand Slam from 24 Would possibly – 7 June to 20 September – four October, insisted all choices carry on the desk.
“We’ve not dominated out any threat. Roland Garros is at first a narrative of matches and avid avid gamers,” he instructed the Journal du Dimanche.
“There’s the match occurring all through the stadium, and the match on TV screens.
“Tens of hundreds and hundreds of viewers world giant are ready. Organising it behind closed doorways would enable a part of the enterprise mannequin – tv rights (which account for bigger than a 3rd of the match’s revenues) – to go forward. This can’t be ignored.”
The unfold of the coronavirus has halted all tennis since mid-March and won’t resume till 13 July on the earliest.
Wimbledon has already been cancelled for the primary time because of the Second World Battle.
The US Open, attributable to happen in New York from 31 August – 13 September, can also be in query with a reputation anticipated in mid-June.
Near 500 000 followers often attend Roland Garros yearly.
Nonetheless, a sign as to the considering all through the 2020 mannequin acquired proper right here on Thursday when the FFT determined to reimburse all tickets purchased for the distinctive date of the match significantly than swap them.
Guidicelli admitted that the beginning of the rescheduled French Open may even be pushed as soon as extra an extra week to start out out on 27 September.
Which is able to enable a two-week break between the US Open and Roland Garros.
“I’ve frequent discussions with Andrea Gaudenzi (president of the ATP), Steve Simon (president of the WTA) and David Haggerty (head of the ITF) and one totally different determine is deliberate subsequent week to see how now we now have progressed.
“We’re working appropriately collectively, nonetheless it’s nonetheless a bit early to exactly decide the schedule.”
Guidicelli is adamant that the FFT was right to shift the match as soon as extra by 4 months with the demise toll from the coronavirus in France standing at 26 310 by Saturday evening time time.
“Roland Garros is the driving power of tennis in France, it’s what feeds the avid avid gamers in our ecosystem (260 million euros in income, or 80% of the turnover of the FFT),” added Guidicelli, describing himself because of the “good father”.
“We consider them first, defending them. We made a brave alternative and in the intervening time, nobody regrets it.”
“A match and by no means using a date is a ship and by no means using a rudder – we do not know the place we’re going.
“We positioned ourselves as far all through the calendar as potential, anxious to not hurt elementary occasions, in order that no Masters 1000 or any Grand Slam might be affected. The flip of occasions appears to have proved us right.”