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Will Roland Garros take place in 2020?


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I think the precautions will be fine. I still don't understand why they can't have it without fans but it's outdoors, people will be wearing masks, etc. Now, the problem will start if it'll be rainy (as forecast suggests), and they will need to use their roof... they need to address that policy of masks not being mandatory in the stands because if they will be using the roof often it absolutely needs to be.

Another issue is what happens to players with positive tests. Because there will probably be a lot of players testing positive if these are the "restrictions" the FFT are implementing for a Grand Slam event.
$$$ Gotta recuperate the costs of that roof they constructed!
 

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Every sport that will be allowed to have fans by politicians, will have fans.
We saw packed houses in New Zealand, but most places will be distancing
The problem with Djokovic was that only New Zealand can have no distancing. Everywhere else needs it
 

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Social distancing also in Romania, yesterday, same as in Austria/Germany. The Winners Open was played without crowds. Neighbor of Djokovic's country and the Balkans.



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Now you have to understand, this social distancing was only for TV. In Romania they were only "shaking hands" by touching racquets.

This social distancing is only for TV, it promotes measures against coronavirus. These players, entire soccer and tennis clubs were tested. But this is how you educate populations.

Meanwhile Djokovic promoting only trash... And coronavirus returning to Serbia these days! Serbia was banned from entering Greece if I am not wrong.
 

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French Open version.

The clay season is back in Palermo in a matter of days, and the French Open is exactly 2 months away. Not much attention has been directed towards the tournament yet, given the fact the USO is weeks away with a few question marks remaining.

Nonetheless, there have recently been several news articles warning about the potential of a European 2nd wave and we've started to see European countries start to impose mandatory quarantines on travelers from other European countries upon entry. Recently, British and German governments have warned against traveling to Spain, which is where Madrid will take place. It must be noted though that BoJo's hand wringing here is likely intended to deflect from his own incompetence and the role he played in causing many deaths.

Let the collective TF wisdom predict.
 

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The FFT is desperate to make it happen. It may switch to a behind closed doors at the last minute but they will find a way. Players will do a quarantine if they need to whenever they realize that may it be the last large paycheck for a while.

Juniors, qualies and mixed doubles may be cancelled if there's a second wave, though. The French government may make quarantine exemptions for main draw players but the juniors and the qualifiers aren't worth the risks.
 

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Roland Garros had 35,000+ people per day come through the grounds last year. Even if they're only selling tickets for half the seats this year, it's a completely reckless thing to do in the middle of a pandemic. I think it'll go on, but will be shocked if it's played with fans and wouldn't be surprised if the French government intervenes there.
 

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FFT should abandon the 50% fans idea. We all know that they want to showcase their roof, and El Tio and Rafaelito have a lot of influence in ensuring that it takes place.
 

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Paris had 5000 fans at a football game a few days ago, baby steps but sport is starting to get back to normal in Europe.
 

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Nothing leaves me to think everything will be alright by September, the way things are going in Europe right now.
 

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It's too early to say anything, but it doesn't look good either.
 

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I do find it interesting that Rafa is suddenly keen on playing the US events and has officially signed up (when before he was seeming very unlikely) instead of getting the most out of his clay court preparation. I wonder if even he is feeling apprehensive that RG will go ahead.

Madrid is looking especially shaky at the moment so it will be interesting to see how the other clay tournaments fare. I think RG will have to make a compromise about having the fans there if things continue to get worse, at the very least.
 

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FFT really want to recoup costs for that roof they built, so they'll be desperate to play. And we know from the way they pushed the initial date they will unilaterally make any decisions regarding when/how to hold the event. Short of the French govt barring them, I think they will keep it, even if it means removing an audience.
 

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USO* and RG* will be played with the few remaining lucky players who were able to travel to location in time and pass all test and quarentines requiered, although the elite players who are the most popular and the ticket sellers will receive a little help through all those filters if they want to, of course, if we were wondering if some players received special treatment in the past, this will make it look more than obvious. $$ always comes first, specially in the middle of this huge economic collapse.
 
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USO* and RG* will be played with the few remaining lucky players who were able to travel to location in time and pass all test and quarentines requiered, although the elite players who are the most popular and the ticket sellers will receive a little help through all those filters if they want to, of course, if we were wondering if some players received special treatment in the past, this will make it look more than obvious. $$ always comes first, specially in the middle of this huge economic collapse.
We all know now that the ITF/ATP/WTA are powerless against the individual slams


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The fan issue seems like the biggest problem. It's still a small site for so many people.

Then there's the risk of flare-ups of the pandemic - it could happen in France itself, or in Italy, or the current situation in Spain could worsen, so that France imposes quarantine on players coming from the lead-in tournaments.
 

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A lot can happen between now and the end of September. The next big test of the virus is how spread is going to be affected by summer holidays in Europe in August/September and return to education for many children after holidays abroad and by the lax attitudes shown by many young people socialising in big groups and having indoor parties since lockdown was eased. I think RG will also be affected by what happens with the US Open and the other tennis events scheduled to take place in August/September - if they happen without hitches, it is more likely to take place; if they are cancelled or get directly affected by COVID outbreaks, then it is likely to be cancelled too.
 

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I'm also going to reserve judgement. I think the picture will be clearer in a month or so. But like the US Open we won't really know until the first point is played (unless of course the event is cancelled prior to that).
 
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