Roland-Garros will host up to 20,000 spectators over the whole of its courts for his publishing 2020 re-scheduled from 27 September to 11 October, is “50 to 60% of its tonnage usual,” announced Thursday, the French tennis Federation (FFT), the organizer of the tournament.
Tickets, which will go on sale July 9 for the licensees and on the 16th of July for the whole public, will be 20 000 people to go to Roland Garros for the first few laps. The number of spectators will be limited to 10 000 for the final. “20 000 people in the stadium, this is what we are accustomed to the day of the final “, emphasised the director general of the FFT, Jean-François Vilotte in a press conference.
The US Open, held in New York dates from 31 August to 13 September, will be played to him behind closed doors and under sanitary conditions, very strict to the players.
The health protocol for the players in Roland-Garros will be announced “later,” said the president of the TFF, Bernard Giudicelli.
In regards to the spectators, the short main (Philippe-Chatrier, Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne Mathieu) will be able to accommodate groups of up to four people side-by-side. Each group will be separated by an empty seat.
On shorter schedules where the placement is free, “a seat on the two will be physically condemned” to avoid any grouping.
Wearing a mask recommended
“If the change in health is favorable, additional tickets will go on sale in September,” added Mr. Giudicelli, stating that, on the contrary, if the health situation was worsening, “the organization would pay the notes-surplus” on the basis of a random draw.
Tickets for the “general public” will be accessible to viewers all over the world, without “discrimination in the purchase,” assured Mr. Giudicelli.
But Jean-François Vilotte pointed out that they “know the risks” related to their area of residence, and shall not avail itself “of any lack of foresight that it is” for a refund of their ticket if the health authorities prohibit the arrival in France.
“Wearing a mask be recommended in the vicinity of the stadium and in the static” once the spectators sat, but it will be “mandatory” phase dynamics “, that is to say, when moving within the grounds of Roland-Garros, said Mr Giudicelli.
Very soon after the freezing of the circuit in march, the FFT has decided to postpone to the autumn of Roland-Garros, initially scheduled in may. First reprogrammed at 20 September, the International of France have been pushed back a week to allow more time after the US Open. These two weeks of beating between the two tournaments of the Grand Slam will be filled by two Masters 1000 on clay (Madrid and Rome).
Circuits professional women’s (WTA) and men’s (ATP) must take respectively the 3 August in Palermo (Italy) and the 14 August in Washington (United States).