It was a stubborn, persistent rumor.
For several days, discussions had intensified between the organizers of the tournament and the sports ministry.
It's now official!
According to information from the newspaper L'Équipe, which we are able to confirm, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) should announce very quickly that the 2021 edition of Roland Garros will be postponed by one week.
The main draw will therefore begin on May 30, instead of May 23, and end on June 13.
"Discussions are underway with the organizers on the modalities for a delay of a few days and for the reception of the public," the sports ministry told AFP on Tuesday.
A relaxation of health rules hoped for
At the end of March, Gille Moretton, the new president of the Federation, had announced to him that he was working on all the scenarios, the only ones he "dared not" consider being the extremes: the audience gauge at 100% and the outright cancellation.
In 2020, the tournament had been postponed by several months and was held at the end of September, with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people per day, making the show very sad in with almost empty stands.
This decision was taken because of the deterioration of the health situation in France and more particularly in Ile-de-France.
With this postponement of a few days - it was never envisaged to postpone the tournament to the fall like last year because of the busy sports news of the summer with Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics - the organizers hope that the restrictions linked to the pandemic will be lighter in early June.
They hope to be able to open the doors of the Porte d'Auteuil tournament to a minimum of spectators to ensure financial income for the FFT and for the show.
This edition will also be marked for the first time by night sessions.
Currently, all professional sport continues in France but behind closed doors.
Last week the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that the Paris-Roubaix, the “queen of the classics”, was postponed from April 11 to October 3, still due to the health situation.