French Open organisers have “absolutely” rejected the scenario of playing the tournament behind closed doors, the president of the French Tennis Federation said on Wednesday.
Bernard Giudicelli said all of the tickets sold for the tournament in its original May 24-June 7 dates had been reimbursed but tickets for the new dates of 27 September-11 October would go on sale at the end of this month.
However, the US Open, the sport’s preceding Grand Slam, will not allow fans on its New York site for its 31 August-13 September tournament as a safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus.
Asked if the notion to have Roland Garros completely empty of spectators had been binned, Guidicelli replied: “Absolutely”.
“It will be a number, a percentage which will be defined by mutual agreement with the public authorities,” he added, when asked how many fans will be allowed.
In 2019, there were 520 000 paying spectators at the tournament.
“This kind of option requires real cooperation with the public authorities. It is still premature to be able to give even an estimate today.
“We’ll have several working scenarios by the end of the month and it is only around this time that we will be able to say how we are going to organise and market the tickets.
“We have not yet made a final decision.”