The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, has been postponed until September because of the coronavirus and the resultant lockdown in France.
French Open organizers announced the decision on Tuesday in the midst of a wide lockdown in France aimed at containing the spread of the virus.
The tournament, which is the premier clay-court event in the world, was scheduled to be played between May 24 and June 7. However, tournament organizers said they have shifted those dates to September 20 – Oct. 4.
“The current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with the dates as originally planned,” tournament officials said in a statement.
“We have made a difficult yet brave decision in this unprecedented situation, which has evolved greatly since last weekend,” Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation, said in a statement.
“We are acting responsibly and must work together in the fight to ensure everybody’s health and safety.”