Sports Minister Announces Good News Regarding French Open 2021 Amid COVID-19 Surge

Published 05/03/2021, 12:01 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 01: The Roland Garros logo is seen outside the VIP village on day nine of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


The situation is getting too overwrought as the tennis world approaches French Open 2021. By postponing it for a week, the clay-court Grand Slam event upset the calendar of many players. Now, to compensate for the delay, Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer has revealed some good news.

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Earlier, the officials reasoned that the postponement would help them bring more live spectators. Now, the numbers are released, and they look more than convincing.

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French Open 2021 venues will host 35% of their full capacity spectators

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, there are restrictions on mass gatherings. But keeping up with the protocols and working closely with the government, the Australian Open successfully hosted a live audience.

Similarly, the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open, will allow a high number of spectators on the court. It is unquestionably a positive mark for the players.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 09: A general view inside Court Philippe Chatrier during the ladies singles final between Sloane Stephens of The United States and Simona Halep of Romania during day fourteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

For the first ten days, the Sports Minister has promised up to 1000 spectators on three main courts of Roland Garros. Jean-Michel Blanquer also added that the smaller venues would fit 35% of their capacity.

That’s not all because the clay season finale has even bigger plans for the crucial matches. As the French Open reaches the quarterfinals, the number of spectators allowed will rise extensively.

As per Blanquer, the Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen courts will see 65% spectators of its capacity. However, they have a capping at 5,000.

Conversely, the others smaller courts will not worry about the capping and will fill 65% of its seat. It will indefinitely give a feel of a jam-packed crowd as they maintain the safe distance protocol.

It will give a much-need boost of confidence to players who are tired of playing in empty courts. Moreover, it will also provide a deserved farewell to this year’s clay-court swing.

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Who are the favorites for the French Slam this year?

The record 13-time champion at Roland Garros, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, will be chasing his 14th title. If he wins, he will cross Roger Federer and become the only man with 21 Grand Slam singles titles.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

To challenge the Spaniard, the Serbian World No.1 Novak Djokovic will yet again try his best. The Austrian ace Dominic Thiem is also one of the most promising candidates for the French Grand Slam.

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Above all, the high number of live audiences will make the tournament more lively and worthwhile. Let us see who happens to lift the French Open title this year.

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