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French Open tennis postponed until late September due to coronavirus | Sport

The French Open has been postponed until September amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The second grand slam event of the year was scheduled to begin on 24 May at Roland Garros but has been moved to 20 September to 4 October.

A French Tennis Federation statement read: “The Covid-19 health crisis affects all populations. The current confinement measures have made it impossible for us to continue with the dates originally planned.”

“In order to act responsibly and protect the health of its employees, service providers and suppliers during the organisation period, the FFT has chosen the only option that will allow them to maintain the 2020 edition of the tournament while joining the fight against Covid-19.”

The new start date is only one week after the scheduled finish of the US Open, which is due to take place from 24 August to 14 September.

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