France’s top tennis boss told Gael Monfils on Monday that it’s game on for the clay court Grand Slam from the rescheduled date of September 27.
Federation president Bernard Giudicelli broke the news to the ATP No. 9 during a Twitch online session lasting half an hour.
“Yes, I confirm to you, Gaël, Roland-Garros will take place,” L’Equipe reported. “We are organising Roland-Garros so that you can win it, Gaël. “
Responded Monfils, a semi-finalist 12 years ago: “I will try to win it, you know Bernard.
“But there is someone else involved who has rented it for 12 years (Rafael Nadal and his dozen Paris titles). I’ll try to beat him this year.”
The confirmation was the strongest indication yet that the French preemptive move to move the 2020 dates of the Roland Garros classic due to a spring shutdown due to COVID-19 may actually pay off.
Guidicelli, while carefully guaranteeing nothing, added that he hoped the Grand Slam could be played with spectators present.
“I’d prefer we play before the public,” the administrator said. “The idea of cameras only just does not appeal to us.”
The chat came a week after Swiss-based Monfils chatted online in a public forum with fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the Twitch platform.
But Giudicelli eventually covered his bureaucratic bases with a warning: “Remember, it’s the government that decides, we will adapt to its directives.”
The Chatrier showcase court has just had a moveable translucent roof installed, with officials obviously keen to show off their latest multi-million euro investment as the last of the four Grand Slams to provide an all-weather main court.
“With the enlargement of the stadium and barriers to keep the public apart (social distancing), we can imagine a reduced Roland garros to protect the players and the public,” he said.