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Forget: Roland Garros Will Be Cautious After Adria Tour


The Adria Tour debacle is a teaching tool for Roland Garros, says tournament director Guy Forget.

The Novak Djokovic-led Adria Tour, which featured hugs and high-fives from players, was widely criticized after Djokovic, Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki each tested positive for coronavirus after playing the exhibition event in Serbia and Croatia.

More: Roland Garros Plans To Play Before Fans

Roland Garros, which is set to start on September 27th, plans to fill its stadiums to 50 to 60 percent capacity to ensure social distancing. Roland Garros tournament director Forget says the clay-court Grand Slam will be cautious after seeing coronavirus infections on the Adria Tour.

"Maybe some people were overconfident there," Forget said in a telephone interview with Reuters. "Luckily no one got hurt really bad but even a few cases is too much and we want to avoid that as much as we can.

"We want to reassure everyone that having people getting ill will be terrible for us. Let's be really careful, really cautious."

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Though Forget is confident Roland Garros will succeed in this coronavirus era, the tournament director says he won't relax until the men's champion has been crowned on October 11th.

Rafael Nadal is reigning US Open and Roland Garros champion.

"I don't want to shout 'victory' before the tournament actually happens," Forget told Reuters. "As the tournament director I'll only be happy once the men's winner shakes the hand of the finalist.

"We will all together be able to say, we did it."

Photo credit: Roland Garros Facebook

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