FFT targets 60-per-cent fan occupancy rate at French Open

Tanya Simon
July 3, 2020

When confirming the new date in June, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) had expressed their determination to admit fans, with the number depending on the outcome of talks with public authorities.

The 2020 French Open, which was originally scheduled to be held in May, was postponed to September 20 due to the virus outbreak.

Rafael Nadal is going to be bidding for a record-extending 13th in a number of singles overhead, if he or she decides to compete, along with world No 1 Ashleigh Barty the particular reigning ladies champion following the Australian earned her 1st Grand Slam singles name previous year.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has revealed how it plans have a spectator capacity of 50 to 60 per cent at this year's French Open, a move that will potentially allow up to 20,000 people to attend each day's play. The tournament will now take place on September 27 to October 11.

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The three primary show legal courts at Roland Garros usually are Court Philippe-Chatrier, Court Suzanne-Lenglen and Court Simonne-Mathieu, which usually hold a new capacity associated with 15,500, 10,068 and five, 000 correspondingly. 'General public tickets will be accessible to spectators around the world, without 'purchase discrimination, said FFT president Bernard Giudicelli. Stating it is "adapting and will continue to adapt" to the situation caused by the pandemic, the FFT said it has prepared a protocol that aims to protect spectators. On the outside court every alternate seat will be left vacant.

Only 50-60% of the usual number of fans will be allowed inside the stadium due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"The layout of the various spaces will be adapted according to the current health guidelines, namely to ensure social distancing is respected", the announcement continued. The numbers are subjected to change as per the French government's rules on social distancing.

Despite the Coronavirus, the French Open Tennis tournament is going to be held in the presence of spectators in the stadium and the sale of tickets for this will be started soon. Sports activities across the globe was affected and subsequently suspended in March as COVID-19 cases surged.

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