Roland Garros rescheduled for late September, US Open and Wimbledon still thinking what to do

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The last WTA announcement canceled all match play until May 2nd due to the current coronavirus pandemic, affecting European WTA claycourt tennis tournaments, but we knew that the unwelcome off-season would probably be extended further, affecting Roland Garros, and now it’s official — as per latest news, the Grand Slam in Paris, initially scheduled to take place from May 24th to June 6th will be pushed to late September, a week after the US Open…

With so many tournaments being canceled in the tennis world, it will be impossible to simply play them at a later date, but Roland Garros announced that the two-week event will take place from September 20th to October 4th. That’s pretty much right after the US Open, still scheduled for the period between August 31st and September 12th. We’ll see how this will all work out, but we’ll most probably have many more rescheduling announcements. The latest USTA statement reveals that they are still monitoring the situation:

The USTA is continuing to plan for the 2020 US Open and is not at this time implementing any changes to the schedule.

These are unprecedented times, though, and we are assessing all of our options, including the possibility of moving the tournament to a later date.

At a time when the world is coming together, we recognize that such a decision should not be made unilaterally, and therefore the USTA would only do so in full consultation with the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup.

When it comes to the June 29th – July 11th Wimbledon, their take on the situation is as follows:

The AELTC is continuing to monitor and respond to the coronavirus situation, working closely with the government and relevant health authorities.

While we continue to plan for The Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation.

The circumstances are very complicated right now and nobody knows how the 2020 season will eventually look. After the Australian Open was extremely endangered by bushfires, but eventually managed to proceed without disruptions, this has been an unprecedentedly difficult year for tennis and Grand Slam tournaments.


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