“Of Course I’m Angry”: Stuttgart Tournament Director Reflects on French Open 2021 One Week Postponement


Roland Garros
Roland Garros

To staging in front of spectators, the French Open 2021 has postponed a week from its actual scheduled date of 23rd May. This sudden announcement was shocking news for players, fans and especially other tournament organisers.

However, this year’s Paris major event will take place from 30th May to 13th June. “I am delighted that the discussions with the public authorities, the governing bodies of international tennis, our partners and broadcasters, and the ongoing work with the WTA and ATP have made it possible for us to postpone the 2021 Roland-Garros tournament by a week. I thank them for this,” stated Gilles Moretton, President of the FFT.

Mortetton also believes the one-week postponement will give extra time to improve the health situation and chances of welcoming spectators.

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“Roland Garros Going It Alone”, says Stuttgart Tournament Director

The reschedule is a delightful update for Roland Garros’s management but unfortunate news for none other than Stuttgart tournament director Edwin Weindorfer. And Edwin said that he “is not amused” with this decision because the second week of the French Open dates collides with Stuttgart’s ATP 250 event. 

In the ATP calendar, the Mercedes Cup is set up from 7th to 13th June in the Swabian metropolis, Germany.

“Of course I’m angry. It is Roland Garros going it alone,” Weindorfer said in a recent interview. He further added, “But we will not let the week be stolen from us.” They hope that Stuttgart’s grass-court event to happen on the scheduled dates with a solid main draw. On the other hand, the German’s No.1 Alexander Zverev’s participation is still uncertain.

(Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)

There is now a gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon only two weeks. Stuttgart Open is one of the practising tournaments ahead of the Championships. The players who would be eliminated before the French Open quarterfinal might have a chance to compete in Stuttgart.

Stuttgart tournament director Edwin Weindorfer also emphasised that he will discuss the new situation with the tournament partners and ATP in the next couple of days. Then he will make a final decision.

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