French Open in talks with government bodies amid reprogramming of reports

PARIS: Organizers of the French Open have been in talks with the governing bodies of the sport to adjust the tennis schedule amid media reports that the Grand Slam tournament is delayed by a week.

We made the decision in mid-March to postpone Roland Garros from September 20 to October 4. Since then, we have been discussing with the international organizations of the various circuits ( International tennis federation , WTA , ATP) the optimal schedule for the second part of the season, which will end with the various stakeholders very soon, a French tennis federation ( FFT ) spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday.

French newspaper Le Parisien and tennis website tennis.com reported that the clay court grand slam would begin a week later on September 27.

The FFT 's decision to postpone the French Open from May 27-June 7 amid the COVID-19 crisis was widely criticized because the new dates clashed with the hardcourt season.

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A start on September 27 would give players a two-week window between the end of the US Open and the Paris tournament.

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