With this coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the tennis season, every few days we get updates about how the rest of the season could possibly look. While Wimbledon was the most straightforward Grand Slam, announcing cancellation well in advance, probably because of having the luxury of a good insurance plan that envisaged pandemics, Roland Garros is still desperately seeking a good period to hold the tournament, while the US Open plays the waiting game and actively considers whether, how and where to host the event with the final decision expected to be made in June.
The latest news is that Roland Garros has been rescheduled again! On March 17th, the claycourt major shocked everyone, including players, by announcing a rescheduling out of the blue, from its regular dates (May 24th-June 6th), to a new period, from September 20th to October 4th. Now the French Tennis Federation is changing its mind again, so Roland Garros has been moved back a week, to September 27th through October 11th, with the qualifying tournament to be held from September 21st to September 25th.
Judging by the unstable situation in the world, it won’t be a surprise to see Roland Garros pushed back once more, or, more likely, canceled. The impression is that a lot of players have already given up on the 2020 season and are mentally preparing themselves for a 2021 resumption of normal tennis.