Rafa Nadal’s major challenge due to the coronavirus: defend the US Open and Roland Garros in three weeks

Parisian tournament delayed to September due to coronavirus. The 2020 Roland Garros tournament, which was due to take place in Paris at the end of next May, has been delayed until next September 20 (until October 4), due to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus. This is how the organization of the Grand Slam has made it official this Tuesday.

“Although nobody can predict what the situation will be on May 18, the current confinement measures prevent us from continuing with our preparations and, as a result, we cannot hold the tournament on the dates originally planned,” confirmed the organization of the great event on clay of the season.

The French Tennis Federation has had to make this decision to “ensure the health and safety of all those involved in organizing the tournament.” “To act responsibly and protect the health of its employees , service providers and providers during the organization period, the FFT has chosen the only option that will allow them to keep the 2020 edition of the tournament while joining the fight against COVID -19, “he stressed.

RETRACTABLE ROOF ON THE PHILIPPE-CHATRIER

“In this important period of its history, and since the progress in the modernization of the stadium means that the tournament can be held at that time, the FFT was willing to keep the 2020 edition,” said the organization regarding a change of dates. more autumnal and the retractable roof that the Philippe-Chatrier already has.

In this way, Roland Garros would be held just a week after the conclusion of the US Open and its new date should affect the ATP tournaments of Saint Petersburg (Russia), Metz (France), Sofia (Bulgaria), Chengdu and Zuhai (China ), in addition to the Rod Laver Cup, and the WTAs in Zhegzhou, Guangzhou and Wuhan (China), Seoul, Tokyo and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

A challenge for Rafael Nadal, who already won that double crown in 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019. Therefore, the Spanish will defend in that short period of time and with the radical change of surface that it supposes, the challenge of defending 4,000 points ATP.

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