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French Open moved to September date

17th March 2020, 17:31 by Tom McGarry

This year's French Open has been pushed back to September in tennis' latest response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Roland Garros event was due to take place from May 24 to June 7 and is traditionally the second Grand Slam of the year.

However, tournament organisers have now decided to switch the staging of this year's tournament to the autumn. It will now be held between September 20 and October 4.

That means this year's French Open will get underway just a week after the conclusion of the US Open, with the French tennis federation confirming they had made the decision to "guarantee the health and safety of all those involved in the preparation of the tournament".

The statement added: "While no one today can predict what the health situation will be like on 18 May [when qualification was due to start], the lockdown measures in force make it impossible to prepare for it and therefore to organise it on the dates initially planned."

However, the new dates for the French Open clash with a number of tournaments, including the Laver Cup - a men's team event contested between a team from Europe and one representing the rest of the world.

The French Open decision comes following the news that all professional tennis across the world has been suspended until April 20 at the earliest.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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