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Roland Garros To Limit Crowd Capacity

Roland Garros is downsizing.

French publication L'Equipe reports the French Open will permit only 5,000 fans per day—all at Court Philippe Chatrier—less than half of the 11,500 daily crowds the French Tennis Federation originally planned to permit.

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A recent spike in Coronavirus cases in France, Spain and other European nations prompted the change.

No fans will be permitted at Court Suzanne-Lenglen or the Simonne-Mathieu court, L'Equipe reports. It's possible further restrictions could be announced as well.

Roland Garros main-draw play starts on Sunday, September 27th.

Reigning Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal is playing for his record-extending 13th French Open crown, which would be his 20th major matching Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam mark.

Ashleigh Barty, the reigning Roland Garros women's champion, announced she will not play Paris out of health and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major changes include a retractable roof over Philippe-Chatrier Stadium Court and lights on eight courts total.

Among the other measures the French Tennis Federation announced for the tournament:

  • Masks are mandatory for all fans over age 11 for all circumstances.
  • Players are required to stay at one of two tournament hotels and cannot stay in private homes.
  • No fans will be permitted for French Open qualifying, which will be played behind closed doors.
  • No more than four fans will be permitted to sit side-by-side during the tournament.
  • No outer-court tickets will be sold for the tournament.
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