French Open 2021: French Open fans must show they are free from Covid-19 if they want to be among the small number of spectators allowed to attend this year’s Roland Garros, organisers said Wednesday.
French tennis federation director-general Amelie Oudea-Castera said potential spectators at the May 30-June 13 Grand Slam must demonstrate proof that they had a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of attendance, or bear a certificate of vaccination.
Oudea-Castera added that up to 5,388 spectators would be admitted at the Roland Garros site in western Paris until June 8, in line with current French government coronavirus-related regulations on fan-based events.
However, the tennis federation has not received a waiver concerning the curfew currently in force in France, meaning there will be no fans present for evening sessions.
The nationwide curfew, presently between 7 pm and 6 am, will be pushed back to 9 pm on May 19.
This year’s Roland Garros has already been pushed back by one week, with organisers hoping the Covid-19 situation in France will have improved enough to maximise the number of fans.
Last year’s Roland Garros was delayed by four months due to the pandemic. A maximum of 1,000 spectators were allowed on-site each day.
(Note: The story was originally followed by AFP)