French Open organisers begrudgingly ‘regret’ fan limit at Roland Garros

  • Tournament restricted to 1,000 fans attending per day
  • Initial hopes had been for up to 20,000 to be admitted

The organisers of Roland Garros say that they are in a “phase of regret” after confirming the tournament has been forced to cut its capacity to 1,000 spectators per day as coronavirus cases continue to reach record highs in France.

Bernard Giudicelli, president of the Fédération Française de Tennis, had previously vowed to “at least show the world we are fighting against this coronavirus” by presenting a crowd. However, the tournament’s initial boast of 20,000 spectators eventually fell to a maximum of 11,500 spectators, which was only lowered to 5,000 one week ago. Earlier this week, France banned gatherings of more than 1,000.

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