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French Open to be Delayed by a Week

French Open to be Delayed by a Week

Thursday, 8 April, 2021 - 08:30
Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Reuters file photo

This year's French Open tennis tournament will be delayed by one week and will now take place from May 30 to June 13, organizers confirmed on Thursday.

The French Tennis Federation said it hoped the delay could enable more fans to attend if Covid-19 restrictions are eased by then.

The federation's president, Gilles Moretton, said the decision "will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimize our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros".

Wimbledon, the next Grand Slam tournament after the French Open, said in a statement that the decision had no impact on its planned start date of June 28.

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