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USTA irked by hasty French Open move

18th March 2020, 14:09 by Neil Foster

The United States Tennis Association are annoyed that the French Open was moved without consultation and are uncertain on the US Open.

Roland Garros organisers made the decision on Tuesday to postpone the French Open in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Paris showpiece was scheduled to take place between May 24 and June 7 but will now begin on between 20 September 20 and end October 4.

While nobody has criticised the decision to postpone the year's second Grand Slam, the USTA are unhappy that there was no discussion with the sport's various authorities around the world.

The US Open is due to begin on August 31, meaning the French Open will start one week after the New York event's conclusion.

There has been no word on any possible movement for the American 'Slam but there is clearly hostility towards the French for the way they have acted.

Echoing the organisers of the Laver Cup, a statement read: "At a time when the world is coming together, we recognise that such a decision should not be made unilaterally.

"Therefore the USTA would only act in full consultation with the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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