The French Open has been postponed by per week within the hope that extra spectators shall be permitted to attend.
The Grand Slam event at Roland Garros will now run from 30 May to 13 June with qualifying the week earlier than.
France is in a 3rd nationwide lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus instances, which president Emmanuel Macron beforehand stated he anticipated to finish in mid-May.
The French Tennis Federation (FFT) stated suspending was the “best solution”.
“I am delighted that the discussions with the public authorities, the governing bodies of international tennis, our partners and broadcasters, and the ongoing work with the WTA and ATP, have made it possible for us to postpone the 2021 Roland Garros tournament by a week,” FFT president Gilles Moretton stated.
“It will give the health situation more time to improve and should optimise our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland Garros, into our newly-transformed stadium that now covers more than 30 acres.
“For the followers, the gamers and the environment, the presence of spectators is important for our event, the spring’s most necessary worldwide sporting occasion.”
In 2020, the French Open was postponed to the autumn because of the pandemic.
Rafael Nadal won the men’s singles title – his 13th at Roland Garros – while Polish teenager Iga Swiatek won her first Grand Slam title in front of a crowd of 1,000 fans, which was the maximum permitted at the time.