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Roland Garros is planning to fill its stadiums to 50 or 60 percent capacity, the tournament announced on Thursday.

Tennis Express

Tickets will go on sale on July 9 with a strict policy in place to ensure that proper social distancing is maintained at the French Open, which is set to begin on Sunday September 27.


Here is the official statement, as posted on Roland Garros.com:

“In terms of the current health-related information and the projected guidelines, and having consulted with the government authorities to define the best conditions for welcoming spectators, the French Tennis Federation has adopted a responsible organisation strategy that limits the number of spectators inside the stadium in ratio to the overall stadium capacity, a principle that has been implemented as of today in France’s cinemas and theatres. This means that on the three show courts, the tiered seating will follow a precise protocol: on every row, one seat will be left empty between every group of purchasers (a maximum of 4 people who wish to sit in adjacent seats). On the outside courts, every other seat will be out of bounds, and spectators may sit in any of the available seats. This way, the number of spectators allowed inside the stadium will be 50% to 60% of its usual capacity, allowing us to ensure the barrier measures are respected.”


The tournament reserves the right to offer more tickets if France’s fight against coronavirus continues to go well. On the other hand, if things take a turn for the worse, organizers say they would offer refunds to tickets that were not able to be used.

Masks are required for spectators as they move around the grounds.

“Though we recommend wearing a mask in the vicinity of the stadium and whenever you are standing or sitting still inside the grounds (in the stands), any spectators moving around the 12-hectare site of Roland-Garros stadium will be obliged to wear a mask,” the tournament said in its statement.

As of July 2, France has seen 203,640 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 29,878 death. France’s case count peaked in mid-April.

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