“They Will All Be Housed In The Same Boat”- FFT President Announces ‘No Privilege for Players’ at French Open 2020


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This year’s European clay-court swing kicks off from Kitzbuhel open which will begin on 8th September in Austria. However, the French Open 2020 will take place from 27th September to 31st October with spectators in Paris. 

In a recent interview RMC Sport, French Tennis Federation(FFT) president Bernard Giudicelli has announced the terms and conditions for the Upcoming clay-court Grand Slam tournament. He also said there can be no privilege for anyone, including tennis players. Frenchman went on to say that all the participants will have stayed in the same place.

According to the FFT President statement, Players will not be able to rent separate a house or Flat as Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic did in the ongoing US Open series.  

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Bernard Giudicelli said, “If we want to guarantee security, there can be no exceptions, whatever the status of the player or his economic resources. They must all be in the same hotel, this is also to guarantee sporting fairness. It is important that the players are on the same footing, they will all be housed in the same boat ” 

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While the US Open is taking place behind closed doors, the French Open will be played with several spectators.

Moreover, the French Open 2020 organizers will be implemented a stringent health protocol during the event. Additionally, the Face Mask will be compulsory and fans will be sitting one seat away from one other. 

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The general manager of the FFT Jean-François Vilotte said, “The accredited population will itself be subject to a rigorous health protocol and having to do regular PCR tests so that there is no risk of contamination.” 

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Additionally, he added, “We are going to make the entrances and exits more fluid to avoid the phenomena of crowding so that it is as fluid as possible.” 


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