The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has today (Thursday) set out its plans to ensure a spectator capacity of 50% to 60% at this year’s French Open.

The FFT said a new ticket sales process for the grand slam tournament will open on July 9. The Federation confirmed last month that the 2020 French Open will now take place over three weeks, from September 21 to October 11, adding at the time that it was hoping to have fans in attendance.

In May, the FFT said it was in talks with the sport’s governing bodies amid reports the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros would see its dates moved again. Back in March, the FFT said the modernisation of the Roland Garros site – which includes the installation of a roof on the main Court Philippe Chatrier – had enabled the grand slam event to be rescheduled to the autumn.

The competition is held in Paris each May, but the FFT initially announced new dates due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The 2020 competition was then scheduled to be held from September 20 to October 4, but these dates were widely criticised as they clashed with the hardcourt season.

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