COVID-19 has impacted the sporting world on a huge scale. The virus is so contagious and robust, all sports have taken a huge hit. Authorities are trying to integrate various health guidelines and regulations by health experts and WHO.
Apart from these regulations, empty stadiums and arenas are being considered. This can have huge implications on the game as a whole, as crowd support can make or break matches. Since chances of community spread are extremely high, the risk of a crowd of 40000-50000 cannot be taken.
Tennis too is forced to take a hiatus from the tour of 2020. For the first time in 75 years, Wimbledon is being canceled. US Open organizers are still planning on how the American Grand Slam will take place. However, the French Open is the only Grand Slam that is scheduled to take place in September.
The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament. The French Tennis Federation said Thursday up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the September 27-October 11 tournament.
Fans to be allowed in stadiums for French Open
The FFT has prepared a health and safety protocol to ensure the safety of fans. No more than four people can sit together in one group and there must also be one chair left empty between each mini-group of people in the same row.
“The number of spectators allowed in the stadium will be 50%-60% of the usual capacity,” the FFT states.
“This reduction will allow strict distancing measures to be respected.”
Wearing masks is recommended but will not be obligatory when fans line up outside or sit in the stands, but must be worn when fans are moving around inside the grounds.
This is still a theoretical plan and it is still yet to be seen to how things will pan out. Only time will tell whether this approach will be fruitful for the grand slam or not.