“Given No Heads- Up”: Milos Raonic Disappointed with French Open Communication Gap

Published 04/08/2021, 11:30 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November 6, 2020 Canada’s Milos Raonic reacts during his quarter final match against France’s Ugo Humbert REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic has revealed that he got to learn of the start delay at the French Open from Twitter.

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A report in L’Equipe claimed that the French Tennis Federation had pushed back the start of action at Roland-Garros by a week.

As a result, the French Open, instead of the original May 23-June 6 schedule, would now start on May 30 and get over on June 13.

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It would mean that the dates for all the scheduled events after Roland-Garros – Stuttgart (ATP), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (ATP and WTA) and Nottingham (WTA) – might have to be rejigged.

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)

The report said it has been decided that the organizers of all these tournaments, which are scheduled a week after the French Open, would be compensated monetarily.

However, while there’s no official word on the fate of these events, it now turns out that the organizers of the ATP 250 event at Stuttgart want to host the tournament on the scheduled dates – June 7-13.

It further appears that the organizers are surprised by the revised French Open schedule and will discuss the new situation with the ATP, local officials at TC Weissenhof, the tournament venue and partner Mercedes.

Milos Raonic reveals he learnt about the French Open postponement on Twitter

Raonic, meanwhile, took to Twitter to voice his angst over the lack of clarity on the scheduling changes.

The current World No.19 claimed that the game’s administrators did not convey the French Open delay and the consequent scheduling fallout at the events that follow to players.

“Crazy to learn about this from Twitter. This greatly impacts the players and we’re given no heads-up. Even some communication shortly before the rest of the world would be nice,” Raonic wrote on Twitter.

In a related development, the US Open organizers have released an official statement, saying that the decision on the French Open was discussed by the Grand Slam Board and approved.

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“…given the exceptional circumstances, (the decision) is fully supported by the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open,” the statement said.

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However, it’s the players who are at the receiving end of this scheduling fracas, and one doubts if the ATP couldn’t have done more to send word to the game’s primary stakeholders on time.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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