Number of Roland Garros visitors admitted drops sharply

The French organisation of the Grand Lamb Tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, which starts on 27 September, will allow up to 11,500 visitors a day.

That is 8,500 fewer than originally planned. A tightening of the corona rules in response to the rising infection rates in the area has meant that fewer people are allowed to enter the tennis complex for safety reasons.

Roland Garros will be divided into three sectors, which are completely separated from each other. This will allow visitors to go their own way in and out. At the Philippe-Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen stadiums, 5,000 spectators per day will be welcome; at Simonne Mathieu, 1,500 fans will be able to attend the games.

All participants in the tournament will be tested on arrival in Paris, again 72 hours later and then every five days. Players must stay in two selected hotels. They will only have access to the stadium on the day of their matches.

The gravel tournament in the French capital is very busy. Virtually all the top players have signed up, unlike the US Open which is now taking place in New York. Many high-ranking players in the world rankings had this grandslam tournament shot behind closed doors because of the corona crisis and the associated strict rules of conduct and travel instructions.