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Rublev backs decision to move French Open

22nd March 2020, 15:13 by Gareth Freeman

Andrey Rublev is happy organisers decided to move the French Open to September rather than cancel the Grand Slam event.

The tournament was due to take place in Paris from May 25 to June 7 but has been pushed back to September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ATP and WTA Tours have been suspended until June 7 at least, effectively cancelling the entire European clay-court season, but there are hopes the French Open can still take place later in the year.

"The announcement came as a shock, but I think it is better to play Roland Garros later in the year than not to play it at all," Rublev told Russia's Match TV.

"Unlike team sports, tennis players don't have a monthly salary and we only earn prize money based on our results at tournaments. If we don't play, we don't earn anything.

"I believe this is good news as Roland Garros offers big prize money for many players."

The French Open is now scheduled to begin on September 20.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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