'Domino effect': Tennis in disarray after 'crazy' French Open bombshell

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Rafael Nadal (pictured) looking at his player's box during the French Open.
The French Open could be delayed due to a Covid-19 lockdown in France, according to local reports. (Getty Images)

The tennis world could be sent into disarray after reports the French Open will be delayed, which could see a domino effect impact the ATP and WTA schedule.

Roland Garros is set to be postponed by a week, starting on May 30 instead of May 23, sports daily L’Equipe reported on Wednesday.

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But the impact of delaying it a week is wide-reaching with players already signing up for grass court tournaments between and at the end of Wimbledon.

French President Emmanuel Macron returned the country into lockdown due to another wave of Covid-19 hitting the nation.

While large sporting events have been largely spared, the French Sport minister admitted there were discussions to change the date of the competition.

The 2020 tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually taking place in late September and early October. 

The event usually begins on the fourth Sunday in May, ending in early June.

But the latest report rocked the tennis world with the community realising the impact a delay could have on the schedule for a second year in a row.

Furthermore, leading tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg pointed out the late notice was just as 'crazy' on the tennis players.

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Alize Cornet hits out after reports

French tennis star Alize Cornet became aware of the news when she was told during a post-match interview at Charleston Open, which is an American clay tournament.

"It stays between us, but our sport minister is a disaster," a shocked looking Cornet told the Tennis Channel.

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"Sorry I have nothing against her, but she takes bad decisions for the sport. It's like she doesn't care.

"I know it comes from the government, it might also come from the tournament because I heard they might have more people if they postpone for one week.

"But still I think it is a pretty selfish decision, to be honest, because the calendar is going to suffer from this postponement."

Cornet did say she understood why this decision could be made during the Covid-19 pandemic, but was disappointed.

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