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French Open tennis to welcome spectators

The French Open tennis championship, Roland-Garros 2020, will be staged in front of up to 60% capacity crowds, organisers have said.

Ticket sales for the event, which will be held from 21st September to 11th October, will go on sale on July 9.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said it is acting responsibly and in close collaboration with the French government authorities, and will continue to adapt to the situation caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

It has prepared a protocol that aims to protect spectators attending this historic edition of Roland-Garros.

In view of the current situation, which is constantly changing, the reservation system for the three show courts (Philippe-Chatrier, Suzanne-Lenglen and Simonne-Mathieu) is becoming more flexible. Tickets will be sold by day, court and seat category. Purchasers will be told the exact position of their seat in mid-September. The FFT said:

In terms of the current health-related information and the projected guidelines, and having consulted with the government authorities to define the best conditions for welcoming spectators, the French Tennis Federation has adopted a responsible organisation strategy that limits the number of spectators inside the stadium in ratio to the overall stadium capacity, a principle that has been implemented as of today in France’s cinemas and theatres.

This means that on the three show courts, the tiered seating will follow a precise protocol: on every row, one seat will be left empty between every group of purchasers (a maximum of 4 people who wish to sit in adjacent seats). On the outside courts, every other seat will be out of bounds, and spectators may sit in any of the available seats. This way, the number of spectators allowed inside the stadium will be 50% to 60% of its usual capacity, allowing us to ensure the barrier measures are respected.

Ticket sales for Roland-Garros 2020 will open on July 9 for priority purchasers (members of FFT-licensed clubs) and on July 16 for the general public.

During the 2020 tournament, spectators will have the opportunity to watch the qualifying rounds (men’s and women’s), the men’s and women’s singles and doubles, the junior singles and doubles (boys’ and girls’), and the wheelchair tennis and quad events.

If the situation continues to improve, more tickets may be put on sale at the beginning of September. However, if the situation requires more stringent hygiene standards that force us to reduce the number of spectators on site, the tournament organisers will refund any supplementary tickets sold.

The FFT will adapt the way spectators move around inside the stadium in order to ensure that the barrier measures and social distancing are respected. It added:

Though we recommend wearing a mask in the vicinity of the stadium and whenever you are standing or sitting still inside the grounds (in the stands), any spectators moving around the 12-hectare site of Roland-Garros stadium will be obliged to wear a mask. The layout of the various spaces will be adapted according to the current health guidelines, namely to ensure social distancing is respected. Finally, the cleaning and disinfecting of the various areas will be stepped up and distributers of hydroalcoholic solution will be installed.

Image courtesy of FFT.

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