Players react to Roland Garros suspension

andrewhendrie in News 18 Mar 2020
Roland Garros has moved its tournament to September/October (Photo: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)


Needless to say, Roland Garros’s decision to change their date to September and October has generated a lot of discussion on social media – and most of it is negative…

As was the case for the Indian Wells cancellation announcement, the majority of players found out via social media that Roland Garros had made the decision to move their dates to September 20-October 4, with the tournament now set to begin just one week after the U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open released their own statement later on Tuesday, saying there was a possibility they might move their own tournament depending on the status of coronavirus in September and as a result of Roland Garros changing their dates – but they also seemingly couldn’t resist a little dig at their Grand Slam counterparts…

Many players were outspoken over the French Open’s decision, none more so than player council member Vasek Pospisil, who had this to say in a tweet that’s since been deleted.

“This is madness. Major announcement by Roland Garros changing the dates to one week after the US Open. No communication with the players or the ATP.. we have ZERO say in this sport.”

Pospisil then tweeted the following:

Other players, including Naomi Osaka and Diego Schwartzman, didn’t need more than a couple of words to express their disbelief.

“Once again we found out on Twitter,” is the English translation for Schwartzman’s tweet.

Journalist Jon Wertheim also revealed he’d spoken to a top male player who said Roland Garros basically gave players no choice in the matter.

Take a look at other player reactions below:

The ATP Tour is currently suspended due to coronavirus until at least April 27, while the WTA has cancelled all tournaments until May 2 at the earliest.

However, with Europe the new epicentre of the virus, it’s more than likely that the suspension will last weeks, if not months, longer than the current bans.