Cancel the French Open instead of playing without spectators: Leconte

PARIS: Henri Leconte he says open french must be canceled if it is impossible to have spectators at the Claycourt Grand Slam event.

I think there's just no interest in having Roland Garros behind closed doors, Leconte, who lost Mats Wilander in the 1988 final, he told L'Equipe TV.

The French tennis federation has moved the tournament from its starting dates from May 24 to June 7 to September 20 to October 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It will be difficult for the players to deal with it, Leconte said. This is above all else a political decision. The federation hopes that in a few months we'll be able to play Roland Garros (in normal conditions) ... but playing it behind closed doors, no.

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I think it would be better to cancel it and start again having a real season in 2021.

President of the French Federation Bernard Giudicelli He has said that holding the tournament without spectators was a possibility being considered.

The organizers of Wimbledon canceled the 2020 tournament while the US Open remains for now in its original location from August to September.