Women’s Sport: French Open becomes the latest sporting event to be postponed due to coronavirus fears

The French Open has become the latest sporting event to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic and has been rescheduled for September.

The Grand-Slam was due to take place between May 24th and June 7th, but tennis officials have rendered the event unplayable due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19.

All professional tennis had already been postponed until at least the 20th April, but players had been hopeful of a return by the time the second major tournament of the year came around.

The new scheduling will see Roland Garros take place between 20th September and 4th October, with these dates falling just one week after the climax of another Grand-Slam- The US Open in New York.

Whilst the FTF have said that the decision to move the competition would “guarantee the health and safety of all those involved in the preparation of the tournament,” the new schedule will prevent players from having any clay court preparation. 

Players may therefore decide to prioritise a specific surface above the other, and choose one of the US Open or The French Open to compete in. Alternatively, the new dates also clash with other competitions, including the Laver Cup, which could yet create even more controversy.

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