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French Open Will Have Upto 1,000 Fans Allowed Per Court, Says Sports Minister

French Open (Photo Credit: Reuters)

French Open (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Up to 1000 fans will be admitted into each of the three main Roland Garros showcourts during the first 10 days of the French Open.

Up to 1000 fans will be admitted into each of the three main Roland Garros showcourts while the smaller venues will be able to admit 35 per cent of their capacity during the first 10 days of the French Open due to COVID-19 restrictions, sports minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Sunday. The limit will be raised to 65 per cent but capped at 5,000 for matches on 15,000-capacity Philippe Chatrier and 10,000-seater Suzanne Lenglen courts from June 9 when the quarter-finals get underway, Blanquer told France 3 TV channel.

“The gauge is set at 35 per cent at that moment (when the tournament starts), with a maximum of 1,000 spectators… per court, of course,” said Blanquer.

It marks an improvement on last year’s delayed tournament which took place in September when a maximum of 1,000 spectators were allowed in the grounds of Roland Garros.

This year’s French Open, which was delayed by a week, is set to start on May 30.

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first published:May 03, 2021, 00:51 IST