French Open move upsets Laver Cup officials
Laver Cup officials have hit out at the switching of the French Open to September due to the Covid-19 crisis.
The grand slam event in Paris was due to be played from May 24 to June 7 but instead will take place from September 20 to October 4
That means it will begin just one week after the completion of the US Open, which is due to begin on August 31 at Flushing Meadows.
It could force top players to choose between the two with the likes of Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem preferring to build-up to the clay court grand slam by playing some other events on the same surface.
The new French Open dates clash with a number of WTA and ATP tournaments as well as the Laver Cup, the Ryder Cup-style event pitting Europe against the rest of the world that has been a big success since its launch in 2017.
The brainchild of Roger Federer, it has attracted many of the world's leading players and is due to be held this year at TD Garden in Boston from September 25 to 27.
A statement on lavercup.com read: "The tennis world learned today that the French Tennis Federation intends to schedule Roland Garros from September 20 – October 4, 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19.
"This announcement came as a surprise to us and our partners – Tennis Australia, the USTA and the ATP. It raises many questions and we are assessing the situation."
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