PARIS: (Sports Desk) The French government has allowed only 1,000 spectators to enter the stadium every day to watch the match at the French Open tennis tournament starting tomorrow.
The organizers of the French Open hoped that they would be allowed to admit 5,000 spectators. The tournament is being held four months late due to the spread of the corona virus.
Earlier, it was announced that 11,000 spectators would enter the stadium with a capacity of 20,000 spectators. Now, at the insistence of the government, this number has been reduced to one thousand.
The Prime Minister of France, Jan Costacks, insisted that the tournament be governed by the same rules and regulations that apply to corona virus red zones. "We will apply the same rules to Ronald Garros," he said. Which are elsewhere. Attendance will be reduced from five thousand to only one thousand.
According to the French news agency AFP, this number does not include organizers, media, players and staff members. Attendance at the tournament last year was around 520,000.
The coronavirus decision will also cost administrators financially. Last year, 80% of the French Tennis Federation's revenue, or 255.4 million euros, came from Roland Garros. Two weeks ago, the organizers of the US Open tennis in New York imposed a complete ban on the entry of spectators. This year's Wimbledon Open has been postponed for the first time since World War II.
This year, Novak Djokovic is playing for the second time to win the French Open. If they win the tournament, it will be their 18th Grand Slam. Defending champion Rafael Nadal will be on the court for the 13th time to win the French Open. He will play his first match against Sweden's Michael Yamir. Roger Federer has decided not to participate in the French Open this year. Women's defending champion Ashley Barty and US Open champion Naomi Osaka have also decided not to take part in the tournament.