French Open in talks with governing bodies amid rescheduling reports

There were reports that the claycourt Grand Slam would start a week later, on Sept. 27. The rescheduled dates would give players a two-week window after the U.S. Open.

This year's tennis season is in danger of being wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.

There are talks of holding the rescheduled French Open from September 27.   -  Getty Images

French Open organisers have been in talks with the sport's governing bodies to fine-tune the tennis calendar amid media reports that the Grand Slam tournament is being delayed by a week.

“We took the decision in mid-March to postpone Roland Garros from September 20 to October 4. Since then, we have been discussing with the international bodies of the various circuits (International Tennis Federation, WTA, ATP) the optimum calendar for the second part of the season, which will be finalised with the various stakeholders very soon,” a French tennis federation (FFT) spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday.

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French newspaper Le Parisien and tennis website tennis.com reported that the claycourt Grand Slam would start a week later, on Sept. 27.

The FFT's decision to postpone the French Open from May 27-June 7 amid the COVID-19 crisis was widely criticised because the new dates clashed with the hardcourt season.

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A Sept. 27 start would give players a two-week window between the end of the U.S. Open and the Paris tournament.

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