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After the French Open announced a postponement due to the coronavirus, the U.S. Open followed suit by saying it’s open to the “possibility of moving the tournament to a later date.”
The Open said it would make such a move only in “full consultation with the other Grand Slam tournaments, the WTA and ATP, the ITF and our partners, including the Laver Cup.”
Roland Garros pushed its event back to run Sept. 20-Oct. 4 after it was originally scheduled to take place May 24-June 7.
The U.S. Open is slated to run Aug. 24-Sept. 13, one week before the rescheduled French Open. Now instead of the U.S. Open being the year’s final Grand Slam event, the French Open will be.
The unilateral move by Roland Garros did not go over well in the tennis world.
“That’s insane,” Vasek Pospisil, a member of the ATP player council, told The New York Times. “These are really rough times, unprecedented times, and this just goes against the whole idea of the tour working together. We have a calendar. We have discussions and negotiations between the Grand Slams and the ATP. We are always trying to make it work for everybody, and they just haven’t consulted the ATP, the players or the other tournaments. It’s just a very selfish move. They are basically doing a power play right now, and it’s quite arrogant.”
Wimbledon, slated to run June 29-July 12, also said it continues to monitor the coronavirus situation that has halted major sports around the globe and altered life worldwide.
“While we continue to plan for The Championships at this time, it remains a continuously evolving situation and we will act responsibly, in the best interests of wider society,” said Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club. “We thank all of our Members, staff, players, partners, contractors and the public for their patience and trust as we continue to navigate this unprecedented global challenge.”
All of these altered dates remain fluid and take place against the backdrop of a historical chase for No. 1 all-time.
Roger Federer remains first with 20 Grand Slam titles, followed by 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal at 19 and Novak Djokovic at 17.
As things now stand, Nadal wouldn’t have a chance to tie Federer until Wimbledon, where Federer has won eight times and lost in last year’s final to Djokovic after blowing a double-match point on his serve.