ATP sends message to stars including Federer, Nadal, Djokovic amid French Open decision | Tennis | Sport


The ATP has told its players they are reviewing and preparing a response to the decision by the French Open to move the tournament to September.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to over 8,000 deaths and more than 208,000 positive cases globally.

Its impact has been felt in all industries, including sport which has seen several events being postponed or cancelled in the past three weeks.

In tennis, the ATP, WTA and ITF have all suspended competition until at least the middle of April.

But amid fears play will not resume in time for the clay-court season to start, French Open officials announced they were moving their event to September 20-October 4.

It means Roland Garros will start just one week after the US Open men’s singles final.

In a blunt statement, the US Open insisted they had no intention of rescheduling their event and took a thinly-veiled swipe at the French Tennis Federation’s handling of the situation.

To make matters worse, several players have since claimed they learnt of the French Open’s decision on social media.

As a result, there is much confusion and uncertainty over what will happen next and in a statement, the ATP has attempted to reassure its players.

American player Noah Rubin shared an image of a message from the ATP player relations team which said: “Today the French Tennis Federation announced that Roland Garros will be rescheduled to 20 Sept-Oct 4, 2020 due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

“These are unprecedented circumstances and we understand that this move raises many questions related to the Tour and the calendar.

“The ATP is reviewing this move and we are in close discussion with the WTA, ITF and other Grand Slams.

“We plan to establish ATP’s position and issue a response in the coming days, together with an update on the remainder of the clay-court season.

ATP Player Council member Vasek Pospisil blasted the French Open for their lack of transparency.

In a since-deleted tweet, he said: “This is madness. A major announcement by Roland Garros changing the dates to one week after the US Open.

“No communication with the players or the ATP… we have ZERO say in this sport. It’s time. #UniteThePlayers.”


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