The second Grand Slam of 2021 – Roland Garros – has been delayed by a week.
The Paris event will now be staged from May 30th to June 13th (ATP) due to “restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The two-week Slam is back in its usual Spring slot after being moved to the Autumn during a restructured 2020 calendar.
But the tournament will still be played slightly later this time round, in a bid to get as many spectators in place as possible.
As per the BBC, France has recently entered a third national lockdown, which President Emmanuel Macron expects to last until mid-May.
The hope is that more fans will be able to attend the event in the French capital by the end of May/beginning of June.
Roland Garros delay will have repercussion for other events
The general support from the wider tennis world towards Roland Garros’ decision is in stark contrast to the frustrations after last year’s decision to move the event.
Wimbledon say they “fully support” the decision along with the Australian Open and US Open – but assured fans that their tournament would begin as planned on June 28th.
This means that there will be just a fortnight between the second and third Slams of the year, with lesser grass events in the likes of Stuttgart and Nottingham set to be affected.
The ATP and WTA also released a joint statement, in support of the decision. (ATP)
The situation is not ideal, but it is refreshing to see tennis coming together for the greater good.
Given how things were 12 months ago, it’s just nice to be looking forward to any action this summer.