The French Tennis Federation (FFT) didn't make any pals whilst it these days surprised every body, no longer by saying plans that it became delaying the French Open – however by surely moving it to past due September.

This left anybody else gazing huge-eyed into their computer displays. The French Open, on clay, starting every week after america Open – on hard courts?

Even numerous days after the statement become made, the head of German women's tennis, Barbara Rittner, changed into nonetheless trying to include herself.


"in my view, I don't assume the event will take place at the time now being taken into consideration," she informed the Eurosport podcast more Time. "This could additionally be the wrong sign, because such a solo effort must now not be rewarded.

"It looks like they looked for the modern day viable establishing on the calendar and plonked it down there. This is completely selfish and without any basis. I strongly condemn it. The people in fee there haven't carried out themselves any favors," she said.  

"From a physical factor of view, it might be nearly not possible for the gamers to play the usa Open on tough courts after which fly to Europe within every week and teach on clay. It's a large adjustment for the frame," she concluded.


That's no longer to mention the reality that nobody even knows whether or not either big apple or Paris can have recovered from the pandemic and be returned to ordinary by using September.

Rittner is never by myself in her complaint of the French choice. The governing our bodies of the professional guys's recreation (ATP) and the girls's recreation (WTA), at the side of many players, have expressed their disapproval.  

"Excusez-moi???" wrote Naomi Osaka, winner of the 2018 Australian Open and 2019 US Open on Twitter. 

"this is unwell," Canada's Vasek Pospisil, a member of the ATP gamers' Council advised the big apple times. He went on to explain the French selection as "egocentric," a "powerplay" and "pretty boastful."

The US Tennis association has now not ruled out postponing the usa Open, however it careworn that it might by no means take any such choice with out consulting the organizers of the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF, and its different partners.

The ATP and WTA had moved speedy to announce that they have been postponing play because of the outbreak of the coronavirus and now both have extended their stoppages till June 7. The organizers of Wimbledon, which is scheduled to start on June 29 in London, are predicted to make an declaration next week.

best Nadal consulted? 

Then there may be the Laver Cup. because the match proudly introduced in late February, Roger Federer could be most of the gamers to participate inside the fourth version of the match, scheduled to be held at Boston's TD lawn in late September.

while it doesn't depend in phrases of points in the world ratings, the occasion, pitting a eu team in opposition to the relaxation of the world, appears to had been one that the members have embraced.

The organizers of Roland Garros, who really want the French Open revenue because of the huge funding they have made within the Bois de Boulogne facility, are said to have only knowledgeable 12-time winner Rafael Nadal earlier than going public with their choice. 

Federer became one of the most distinguished gamers to had been kept out of the loop. His organisation reacted by using declaring that the French choice "increases many questions". 

Livelihoods lost 

no one desires to shed any tears for superstars like Nadal and Federer however, for gamers who sit tons lower in the pinnacle one hundred, the cancelation of expert tournaments can be career-threatening.

"just like anywhere else in recent times, livelihoods are falling apart," Jan Lennard Struff, a German who is ranked No.34 on the men's facet, advised broadcaster Sky.

Angelique Kerber, Germany's pinnacle-ranked women's participant (21st within the global), expressed things from a one-of-a-kind attitude. 

"I too have grandparents who i'm fantastic involved about and who belong to one of the corporations at hazard," the 32-year-vintage stated on Instagram. 

similar to every person else, she is stuck at domestic and doesn't understand wherein matters may be going in the next few weeks.