A dramatic surge in French COVID-19 infections forced officials at Roland Garros to cut daily spectator numbers by more than half on Thursday.

L’Equipe reported that instead of 11,500 ticket holders per day segregated into  three separate showcourt zones around the grounds, only 5,000 in total will now be allowed in, and the confined exclusively to the Chatrier main court.

As a result. matches on the Lenglen and new Simonne-Mathieu venues will be played without fans, along with contests on outside courts.

With qualifying rounds starting next week in virus hotspot Paris, the situation remains fluid; main draw play begins on Sunday September 27.

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