Hanover, May 12: The French Open hopes to welcome around 118,000 fans for the upcoming Grand Slam in Paris, if all goes well, organisers said on Wednesday.
Organisers said that a little more than 5,000 fans would be allowed on the Roland Garros grounds on the first 10 days, 1,000 on each of the three show courts and the others on outside courts, reports DPA. The remaining five days, with play only on the show courts, would see 5,000 fans allowed per court. The French Open was pushed back by a week owing to the coronavirus and is scheduled for May 30-June 13. With restrictions slowly being eased, the tournament can have more attendance than last year when it was held in September and October in front of 15,000 fans. All players will be in a bubble again in two hotels and can only access Roland Garros premises on days when they play, along with two additional people.
The 2021 edition will also see the debut of a night session, with a retractable roof on centre court and floodlights. Two women's and men's matches each are to be scheduled. - IANS