2021 French Open postponed by a week

The 2021 French Open tennis tournament has been postponed by a week due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This was announced on Thursday by French Tennis Federation (FFT). 

Recall that, French President Emmauel Macron said on March 31st that he hoped cultural and sporting events would be back up and running from mid-May onwards, subject to the improvement of the health situation. 

So FFT stated that "it appeared that postponing the tournament by one week would be the best solution." 

Gilles Moretton FFT president added that, "It will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimise our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland-Garros into our newly-transformed stadium."

"For the fans, the players and the atmosphere, the presence of spectators is vital for our tournament, the spring's most important international sporting event." 

The qualifying rounds for the clay court event will now be held from Monday 24 to Friday 28 May and will be followed by the main draw, from Sunday 30 May to Sunday 13 June. 

The second grand slam of the year was originally scheduled to take place from Monday 17 May to Sunday 6 June. 

France has recently entered a new lockdown with so many restrictions in place as the country fights rising coronavirus cases.

This came afterJohn Hopkins University, France has now recorded 4,807,123 cases and 96,672 deaths.

But On Wednesday, the French Health Ministry reported the number of people in intensive care units (ICU) as Covid-19 in France reached a new 2021 record of 5,729. 

According to CNN, The last time France saw a higher number of patients in ICUs was nearly a year ago on April 19, 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic.

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