Masks all around the grounds will become a necessary fashion accessory when Roland Garros kicks off qualifying rounds on September 21 in the stylish west side of Paris.

The clay-court spectacular which switched its date last March to the autumn from spring in a rush to beat the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday laid down the law to potential spectators.

While player entourage stipulations and health regulations will be detailed later, the way is clear for fans who want to enter the tree-lined 12-hectare grounds of the tennis complex.

“Any spectators moving around the 12-hectare site of Roland-Garros stadium will be obliged to wear a mask,” officials said in a release.

How many men does it take to hose down centre court? Seven. Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

“The  FFT  will  adapt  the  way  spectators  move  around  inside  the  stadium  in  order  to  ensure  that  the  barrier measures  and  social  distancing  are  respected.  

“The layout of the various spaces  will  be  adapted  to  ensure  social  distancing  is respected.”

Organisers are promising hand sanitiser stations and other health measures as decreed by the government, Fans will be spaced with at least one seat between each spectators, including on outside courts.

Ticket sales for the three showcourts will be limited to a daily basis, with a provision left open for clamping down on the numbers should the local virus situation require it.

Online ticket sales will begin on July 9 for federation clubs and members, with the public getting a go on July 16.

Should things improve, more main court tickets could go on short term offer, the federation added.


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