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Overview: The 2020 French Open

September 15, 2020 7 min to read

This article aims to give an updated overview of the French Open in 2020. 

There are a lot of arguments that raise worldwide debates, issues and fact-checking. The year 2020 is tainted with one demanding and striking issue that nobody can ever argue soundly against – the coronavirus pandemic shook the world to its core. The fatal epidemic continues to ripple through major societal sectors; namely health, education, government, finance, sport and more. 

The continuous and refreshing sports entertainment so many spectators all over the world have come to love, and have come to include in their daily routine some way or another, has sadly had to be tempered with or halted altogether for some time. Whether you’re an athlete, keen spectator, aspiring sports student or simply happen to be surrounded by friends and family who are into different kinds of sports, you’ve probably greatly felt the impact of COVID-19 in the sports area of your life. 

As the coronavirus continues to spread and multiply, it is having a widespread effect on sporting events with sports bodies all over the world. From the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and the European Championships to the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II, the impact of COVID-19 is huge. Not only are workers in the sports industry, athletes and spectators greatly disappointed, but financial losses have been severely felt across as well. One ought to consider, for instance, media and business corporations who have centred their efforts and even investments on the major sporting events that could have happened in 2020. 

Sadly, the postponing of the French Open of 2020 could not hold out against this impeccable sporting defeat that will be marked down in history. Here is a further look into all that is set to happen at the French Open of 2020, and all that you need to know to be able to maximise and enjoy your experience of this fantastic tournament.

 

What are the Dates of the French Open 2020? 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, on the 17th of March, the French Tennis Federation announced the postponing of the French Open of 2020.  The official dates of this year’s tournament are from the 27th of September to the 11th of October, 2020. On 13 April 2020, the French Government extended a ban on mass gatherings until July 2020 in an attempt to control the spread of the incorrigible virus. The French Open will take place just two weeks after the US Open. This will be the first time since the 1947 French Championships that this tournament will not be held in the months of May to June. It is also the first time since the introduction of the Open Era that a major tournament has been postponed rather than cancelled. 

 

French Open 2020

Sun, Sept 20 1st Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles 

Mon, Sept 21 1st Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles 

Tue, Sept 22 1st Round – Men’s Singles & Doubles, Women’s Singles & Doubles 

Wed, Sept 23 2nd Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 1st Round – Men’s Doubles,           Women’s Doubles 

Thu, Sept 24 2nd Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 1st Round – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles 

Fri, Sept 25 3rd Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 2nd Round – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles 

Sat, Sept 26 3rd Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 2nd Round – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles 

Sun, Sept 27 4th Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 3rd Round – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles

Mon, Sept 28 4th Round – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 1/4 Finals – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles 

Tues, Sept 29 1/4 Finals – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 1/4 Finals – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles 

Wed, Sept 30 1/4 Finals – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles; 1/2 Finals – Women’s Doubles 

Thu, Oct 1 1/2 Finals – Women’s Singles; 1/2 Finals – Men’s Doubles 

Fri, Oct 2 1/2 Finals – Men’s Singles; Final – Women’s Doubles 

Sat, Oct 3 Final – Women’s Singles; Final – Men’s Doubles 

Sun, Oct 4 Final – Men’s Singles

 

Will there be Spectators at the French Open 2020? 

Indeed, spectators will be allowed at the French Open 2020. Its organisers have revealed several protocols that will be put into action for the Grand Slam tournament which will be taking place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. 

Originally, organisers wanted to make it a point to welcome 50 per cent to 60 per cent of capacity, which would have amounted to the equivalent of about 20,000 fans per day at the Roland Garros.  Instead, Roland Garros will be divided into three zones based on the three main courts, with 5,000 people each for the Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen courts. The zone surrounding the third biggest court will welcome a maximum of 1,500 spectators a day.

Anyone entering the Roland Garros stadium will have to wear a mask on site. Wearing a mask on site will be mandatory, while a number of people at the tournament will have to pass virus tests to be admitted in the Roland Garros bubble. In fact, all players will be tested upon their arrival in Paris, France. They will only be allowed to take part in the Grand Slam tournament if they get a negative test. They will also all undergo a second test 72 hours later. Players will then be tested every five days as long as they remain in the draw, and will have to stay in the two hotels booked by organisers.

 

How Can You Get Your Hands on Tickets? 

The official website of the Roland Garros stadium has put up Grand Slam French Open 2020 tickets to anybody interested in spectating the tournament. Prices differ, depending on the buyer him or herself. This year, there will be no selling of tickets at the gates. This is a measure taken to promote the general health of the public by maintaining social distancing and keeping human contact as low as possible.

Tickets purchased in a single order (up to a maximum of four) will be next to each other. To prioritise sufficient social distancing measures, spectators will not be able to change their tickets or apply for refunds this year. Seating on the three main courts will be subject to a specific protocol, with each group of ticket buyers separated by a seat. 

 

What should we expect during this French Open 2020?

Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal will be the favourites for the Men’s tournament while Simona Halep is a clear contender for the women’s tournament.

However, we shouldn’t underestimate the dark horses in the French Open 2020. Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev won’t go down without a fight and so are Karolina Plisova and Elina Svitolina. Not to forget the experienced Seena Williams.

It will be a big miss as Roger Federer has withdrawn his application to take part in this tournament, as the big question arises – is this the end of probably the best tennis player ever?

Andy Murray has been given entry via Wildcard after recovering from a successful operation. 

 

Our Prediction

We are not expecting another Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem final. That would be truly special and heartbreaking for Thiem to say the least if Nadal wins it again.

While Novak Djokovic might have his win in his mind from 2016, recent performances suggest otherwise, however, his  experience shouldn’t be taken for granted.

We will go with up and coming Dominic Thiem, having won his first grand slam title earlier this year and came so close in recent years, he is due one!

As for the Women’s we are going with Serena Williams, who although had recent injuries, she started her comeback well with her first singles title of the year during the ASB Classic.

 

What are the odds?

Rafael Nadal is currently the favourite  after his 3 in a row part of his 12 French Open title collection. Novak Djokovic is second favourite with our favorite in a close third. 

Last Open winner Simona Halep is favourite to win the Women’s single and she’s quite the favourite as in Second place there is Naomi Osaka by a distance.

 

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Remi

Remi is a full-time barber but when he clocks out his other passion is Formula 1 racing, which he enjoys seasonally along with other high adrenaline sports.

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