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Shifted by one week, the Roland-Garros tennis tournament (May 24-June 13) will be able to accommodate more audiences than initially expected over the last five days, according to the deconfinement schedule announced Thursday by the French government. So successful bet for the French Open.
Three times less audience than usual but five times more than last year. The finals of the 2021 edition of Roland-Garros scheduled for June 12 (women’s singles) and June 13 (men’s singles) should be able to be held in front of 5,000 people, according to the deconfinement schedule announced Thursday, April 29 by the executive.
For the French Tennis Federation (FFT), the bet taken on April 8 to postpone the French Open by one week is paying off because if the tournament had ended on June 6 as initially planned, the gauge would have been very different. Indeed, on June 9, France will enter phase 3 of its deconfinement: sports halls will be able to reopen and sports arenas can accommodate up to 5,000 spectators with a health pass, that is to say on presentation of a negative test or vaccination certificate.
1,000 then 5,000 spectators
Roland-Garros will therefore be able to quintuple its gauge for the last five days of its tournament. Before that, it will be satisfied with 1000 spectators admitted on its various courts.
Another good news for the tournament is the easing of the curfew, which will go from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. from May 19. It will allow spectators at the Porte d’Auteuil to stay put if matches were to last until the early evening.
The reopening of the terraces and restaurants – with a maximum of six people per table – should also do the business of the organizers, who will be able to welcome their VIPs in conditions approaching normal.
Derogation for test event?
However, according to information from L’Équipe, the Paris prefecture planned to make Roland-Garros a test event by authorizing a gauge of 12,500 places per day, including 5,000 on the Philippe-Chatrier court alone, and in granting a special exemption from the curfew for night sessions. A pass that would do the business of the French tournament.
As for the organization, we are still unclear: “We are working with the government to clarify with it the impact of these decisions on the organizational conditions for Roland Garros, according to the different phases of deconfinement”, explains a communicated. To better announce future good news?