ATP chief hopes Roland Garros and clay season in September

MILAN: ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi He said Thursday that he hopes the clay court season and the French Open can be played in September as tennis fight to save a season in danger of being annihilated by the coronavirus pandemic.

If we can start again in August, we will save three Slams and six Masters 1000s, otherwise the problems will multiply by ten, Gaudenzi said in an interview with various Italian media.

We are working on the hypothesis of four weeks on clay after the US Open, with Madrid and Rome before Roland Garros ."

El tennis ha estado bloqueado desde principios del mes pasado & no está programado que regrese hasta el 13 de julio a más tardar después de la cancelación de Wimbledon por primera vez desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial.

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The decision to remove the oldest and most prestigious sport from the sport. Grand slam The event followed the unilateral change of the French Open from its traditional position from May to June to September-October.

Gaudenzi said no sanctions would be taken against Roland Garros for taking the decision alone to postpone.

Now we are working together, Gaudenzi, 43, who took over as ATP chief in January, told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

El tennis necesita unidad, París actuó por miedo, cometiendo un error. Pero lo han reconocido.

All of this will depend on the virus that has killed more than 87,000 people and infected more than 1.5 million with the United States and Europe.

We have made 50 versions of the calendar that we change from day to day, Gaudenzi said.

I am sure the season in the United States can start with the August 1000 Masters in Toronto and Cincinnati and then with the United States Open.

In this way, three Slams and six Masters 1000 would be played (there are also Shanghai and Bercy) and the season would be 70 percent safe.

Of course, if the entire American space were to be skipped, the difficulties would be multiplied by ten.

Gaudenzi said the options were being examined in conjunction with the ATP Player Council including Roger Federer , Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic .

He stressed it was hoped to maintain the ATP Finals, scheduled for London in November 15-22.

The 02 Arena is only available in the already arranged week. I don't like closed doors, it's the last resort.

To offset the blow to lower-ranked players & tournaments the ATP are also studying financial measures to help.

"Our system is solid, it can last a year without tennis , but not more than," the ATP chief warned.

(Pero) hablar de agosto, septiembre & noviembre es todo hipotético, no podemos golpear nuestras cabezas contra la pared por algo que tal vez ni siquiera suceda, porque incluso podríamos comenzar el próximo año.