REPORTS: French Open 2020 Suffers Another Mishap

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The entire tennis community boiled in excitement over the fact that fans will be a part of the 2020 French Open. This will be the first tournament to host an audience since tennis activities resumed after the pandemic wreaked havoc. However, the tournament organizers were asked to limit the crowd entry to 50% of the stadium’s capacity. Unfortunately, a recent update suggests that conditions have worsened. 

A Twitter user notified that the organizers are yet to receive a confirmation on hosting 5000 fans a day.

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly played spoilsport in the ATP calendar. As a result, Roland Garros’ decision to host live audiences came out as exciting news. However, the fact that COVID-19 is still looming large made everything more complicated. 

A few days ago, the French major faced a major setback as a few players were tested positive for coronavirus.

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“The Minister of Health Olivier Veran indicates that it will be necessary to wait 48 hours and a consultation with the Prefect of Paris and the elected officials to know if the gauge of 5000 spectators per day at #RolandGarros will or not be maintained. (Quotes translated from French)

“What I understood is that we are in a red zone in Paris (therefore gatherings limited to 1,000 people) but that we had to wait for the result of this consultation to have a definitive answer,” the user named Clovis wrote. 

We’re yet to receive an official decision on the matter. Regardless, fans are unsure if an enormous crowd of 5000 people will be allowed in the stands. 

Who is the favorite to clinch the men’s singles title at the 2020 French Open? 

Well, the question seems like it needs no answer. After opting to sit out of the US Open, 12x Roland Garros champ Rafa Nadal is competing in Paris. Thus, he stands out as the absolute favorite, but it won’t be straightforward for Rafa this year.

You have Novak Djokovic on one hand, who is technically unbeaten all year. The Serbian bounced back from his US Open disqualification in tremendous fashion by winning the 2020 Italian Open. 

Novak Djokovic at the 2020 Italian Open
Mandatory Credit: REUTERS/Clive Brunskill

On the other hand, there’s Dominic Thiem. The Austrian’s riding high on confidence after winning his first career majors title at flushing meadows. Moreover, Thiem made the finals at the French Open in 2018 and 2019. It clearly implies how good he is at clay courts. 

It is really hard to predict a winner as we just saw Rafa slip up at the Italian Open. This suggests that he might suffer the same fate at Roland Garros too! Will we see an athlete beat Nadal’s unbeaten 3-0 streak in a few weeks’ time?

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