Roland Garros will come down hard on any player who tests positive for COVID 19 as French officials roll the dice amid a pandemic and look to stage their delayed Grand Slam in Paris starting in just over a week.

Unlike the US Open which came off relatively smoothly after banning all fans and nearly all media from the grounds, the French will try to please up to 5,000 ticket holders each day.

After originally laying out a plan to allow in 11,500 per day – divided into three distinct precincts around the grounds – local government cut that limit by more than half as virus cases continued to surge in the capital.

Under regulations of the clay classic which is normally held in late May-early June, players will be assigned to one of two hotels exclusively for their use, with no other guests allowed.

They must arrive in Paris three days before the September 27 start and will undergo a virus test at the hotel followed by another onsite 48 hours later. as long as they remain in the draw, tests will come every five days.

Any player testing positive will be turfed out of the tournament, and spend the next 14 days in quarantine. 

Singles players will be limited to a pair of extra accreditations, severely limiting the support staff of the major names, who habitually travel with up to four or five team members.

Training is likely to become a logistical exercise, with competitors only admitted to the grounds of Roland Garros on their match days. Any training will have to be done at a more basic site 1.5 km from the main venue.


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