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‘French Open postponement a possibility’

French Sports activities Minister Roxana Maracineanu mentioned it was doable the French Open could possibly be postoned for the second 12 months amid the COVID-19 disaster.

France entered a 3rd nationwide lockdown on Saturday to include the coronavirus unfold, though skilled sports activities have largely been spared. An exception is biking’s Paris-Roubaix one-day race, which has been postponed from its authentic April 11 slot.

The French Open, which final 12 months was postponed by 4 months and occurred in entrance of restricted crowds, is because of begin this 12 months on Could 23.

“We’re in dialogue with them (the French Tennis Federation, which organises the occasion) to see if we should always change the date to coincide with a doable resumption of all sports activities and main occasions,” Maracineanu informed France Information radio late on Saturday.

“Right this moment, though high-level sport has been preserved, we attempt to restrict the dangers of clusters, of spreading the virus inside skilled sports activities.”

President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Wednesday that he was anticipating to re-open the nation in mid-Could.

The director-general of the French Tennis Federation, Gilles Moreton, mentioned earlier this week that he couldn’t think about the Grand Slam match being cancelled.

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