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French Open to allow up to 60% of usual capacity

Up to 60 percent of the usual capacity will be allowed inside the Roland Garros grounds for the 2020 edition of the French Open amid the COVID-19 crisis, organizers said yesterday.

French federation president Bernard Giudicelli told a news conference in Paris that on the main courts, a maximum of four people could sit together with an empty seat between groups. On the other courts, one seat out of two will be empty when the main tournament starts on September 27. He explained that it meant about 20,000 spectators are expected during the early stages of the two-week claycourt Grand Slam, and about 10,000 on the day of the final. Those numbers could change if the French government revises its social distancing rules. The French Open was postponed from its usual May-June dates to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Open is being held without any spectators in attendance in New York from August 31 to September 13.


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