Thursday, 8 April 2021
The 2021 French Open tennis tournament will be delayed by one week, a source close to the organisers said on Wednesday.
The clay-court Grand Slam event was set to begin on May 23, but will now get underway on May 30 in the hope of more fans being able to attend at Roland Garros.
Last year's French Open was delayed by four months and held in September and October instead of its longstanding May-June slot.
Crowds were limited to just 1,000 spectators each day.
Coronavirus restrictions were tightened across France last Wednesday although all professional sport is carrying on, albeit behind closed doors. President Emmanuel Macron has expressed a wish to re-open cinemas, museums and theatres in mid-May.
On Tuesday, the French sports ministry told AFP the government was discussing a possible delay of "a few days".