French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said it is possible that the French Open will be postponed for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 crisis.
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France entered a third restrictive lockdown across the country on Saturday to contain the spread of the coronavirus, although professional sports have been spared.
An exception is the Paris-Roubaix cycling race, which has been postponed – initially the race would take place on April 11th.
The French Open at Roland Garros, which last year was postponed for four months and took place in front of a limited audience, is scheduled to start this year on 23 May.
“We are discussing with them (the French Tennis Federation, which is organizing the event) to see if we should change the date to coincide with a possible resumption of all sports and major events,” Maracineanu told France Info radio on Saturday night .
“Today, although high-level sport has been preserved, we try to limit the risks of agglomeration and the spread of the virus within professional sport.”
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that he hopes to reopen the country in mid-May.
French Tennis Federation Director-General Gilles Moreton said earlier this week that he cannot imagine the Grand Slam tournament being canceled.