“Takes Bad Decisions for Sports”: Alize Cornet Calls Out French Sports Minister After French Open 2021 Postponement

Published 04/08/2021, 2:44 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 news of the postponement of the French Open 2021 for a week did not go down well with Alize Cornet. Accordingly, she called the French Sports Minister, Roxana Maracineanu, a disaster.

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The decision made is an attempt at getting more spectators at the Roland Garros 2021. However, the seven-day pushback will leave a mere two-week gap for players to prepare for Wimbledon.

Consequently, the French professional and World No. 59 Alize Cornet was disappointed, and she let her feelings be known. And although she repeatedly tried to be regretful about her comments, she did make some serious accusations.

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Alize Cornet not happy to be told of the reported postponement of Roland Garros on Tennis Channel.

(I also love that she says “it stays between us” during a live television interview.) pic.twitter.com/IKkS96VQJo

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) April 7, 2021

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Alize Cornet, 31, recently took out the seventh seed Elise Mertens in the ongoing Volvo Car Open 2021. After her match, she had an interview with the Tennis Channel, where she learned the news about the postponement.

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 Frenchwoman showed immediate disappointment on hearing the news; however, she exactly knew who to blame. She said, “Well, it stays between us, but our sports minister is a disaster. Sorry, I have nothing against her, but she only takes bad decisions for sports like she doesn’t care.”

Furthermore, the former World No. 11 added that the decision might have come from the government or the tournament to increase spectators. However, she also realized that the postponement would direly affect the events scheduled behind the French Open 2021.

“It’s a pretty selfish decision, to be honest, because the calendar is going to suffer from this postponement,” Alize added.

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Which tournaments would be affected by the French delay?

The Stuttgart (ATP), ‘s-Hertogenbosch (ATP and WTA) and Nottingham (WTA) are the events under a cloud. Moreover, there is speculation that one might also get canceled due to the 7-day delay.

Above all, the biggest worry for players would be to make the transition from clay to grass in two weeks. From a player’s perspective, there would be many who will agree with Alize. Hopefully, the clay finale will conclude without any hindrance.

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A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

For now, the players and fans are looking forward to the next two months of tennis on red dirt. In time, things will come to settle as the French Open 2021 approaches.

Do you think the delay will hamper the performance of players in Roland Garros as well as at Wimbledon?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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