Poll: Is rescheduling RG the right step?

Is changing the term RG 2020 the right step or not?


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Enceladus

Legend
Do you agree to move the RG in the fall, or the French Open should have been completely abolished for 2020?
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
I’m glad they’re trying to move it. But the fact they’re already trying to months out is a bad sign.
Call me pessimistic but I don’t know that we are getting tennis again this year.
Hope I’m wrong, CV can go screw itself.
 
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Seems drastic to me and it has raised more questions than answers. Big meeting Wednesday morning between FFT, ATP, and WTA. I want to hear more opinions from players.
 

PerilousPear

Professional
The player council is a bigger joke than the Next Gen.

And I think no. It's not a good idea to have Wimbledon, Olympics, USO and RG in a 2 month span, provided something else doesn't get rescheduled.
 

ForehandRF

Hall of Fame
Here is the chance for the younger players to win a slam.The old guard would surely be tired in such a context, so maybe someone like Thiem can take advantage of the situation.
 
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Deleted member 743561

Guest
Roland Garros was founded 130 years ago, Vasek Pospisil can have a seat and hope he's invited to participate.
Roland Garros was defeated, tragically.

Let us hope the same fate does not befall the tournament. :cautious:
 

NicoMK

Professional
As much as we like (talking about) tennis, all that stuff is sports only (even if money related).

Health is more important. Honestly, whether it's football, cycling, tennis or whatever, who cares if it's cancelled? They should have cancelled. Period.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
They did what they had to do.

Next up: Wimbledon moved to October...
Sunset by 7 in U.K. and grass would likely get too damp to play. Maybe if another venue could take some of the early round matches or all the doubles it might be feasible.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Next up: Wimbledon moved to October...
In London, October temperatures average a daily high of 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and a low of 7 °C (44 °F ).

It's likely neither RG or Wimbledon will be played this year. If the pandemic isn't eradicated by then, forget about any tennis at the professional level.
 
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Deleted member 770948

Guest
The pandemic doesn't need to be eradicated, it just needs to be minimized, and it will be minimized enough by September so they can play the French Open with or without crowds.
Roland Garros is the only slam I guarantee will be played this year.
 

Biotic

Hall of Fame
In London, October temperatures average a daily high of 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and a low of 7 °C (44 °F ).

It's likely neither RG or Wimbledon will be played this year. If the pandemic isn't eradicated by then, forget about any tennis at the professional level.
Sunset by 7 in U.K. and grass would likely get too damp to play. Maybe if another venue could take some of the early round matches or all the doubles it might be feasible.
Maybe they close the roof...

Dunno, but anything is better than no tennis at all.

Edit: Talking about scenario after covid threat is gone.
 
They did what they had to do.

Next up: Wimbledon moved to October...
The problem with grass, and tennis is England, is that you really are at the mercy of the weather.

A move to much later in the year is not as practical as it is for RG, and is not likely to be possible. They wouldn't be able to get the schedule completed.

It would be incredibly stupid for Wimbledon to proceed this year in it's enforced calendar position. It would hold the knives to player's necks to enter an event when London is currently willing mass infection of the disease.

A cruel choice for players, who are rational agents with a big decision to make: either enter and put your life / family's health / career / season at risk, or withdraw and have a skeleton field of vultures grabbing a cheap major. It will reflect terribly on the tournament.
 

Crionics

Semi-Pro
The player council is a bigger joke than the Next Gen.

And I think no. It's not a good idea to have Wimbledon, Olympics, USO and RG in a 2 month span, provided something else doesn't get rescheduled.
Wimbledon and Olympics will not happen anyway. Olympics will likely be shifted to 2021 (similar to Euro football cup). High chances USO gets cancelled too.
 

D-Lite

Hall of Fame
I think the issue right now is that there is no official Covid-19 timeline and so it's all just playing to assumptions. I believe that RG have seen a space in the calendar where it likely fits in by not overlapping with other GSs (yes, I'm aware it's 1 week after the USO) and where the weather in Paris will still be good to acceptable levels.
Let's face it, people in society right now are very uncertain and this is leading to nervousness/stressing/sometimes even anxiety. Players are probably feeling some similar feelings even if they do have $ in the bank. Someone like Pospisil is probably irked that he's been on good form and now the season is all but on life support.
I think it's important we don't just go for the jugular when someone writes something emotive - it's understandable even if you don't agree. I think he could have worded it better but I also think the FFT could be more open and forward with the WTA/ATP/ITF/Player Councils, whoever it may need to be. RG is a legendary tournament, it carries prestige and huge weighting and I think it should be in the calendar if play recommences in June or July but frankly no one actually knows when this pandemic will be under control to the extent a functional calendar can be produced.
 

Midaso240

Hall of Fame
Nah,will be an absolute sh*tshow having it at that time,no proper lead in so most of the players will put all their eggs in the USO basket and RG could see the worst standard of play ever at a grand slam...
 
This thread has ulterior motives, but whatever, I will throw in my two cents:

Positives:

We get one more Major played, which is always a good thing as far as having tournaments and creating interest go.

Those who bought tickets get to actually see tennis, if they can make it during that time of the year.

Holding it (assuming that it is not forced by playing in front of empty stands, with danger from infections spreading etc) means that the situation worldwide has improved considerably.

Negatives

It will be held between HC events, with no clay court tournaments as lead ups. That is potentially dangerous to the players' health and doesn't make much sense.

It will inevitably deprive the tournaments after it from quite a lot of the top players, as they will be essentially spent after two Majors in a row (and if Wimbledon joins it will be basically a no go for anything else until the WTF). That might be easier to digest, if the Asian swing is not taking place (probably). The Parisian crowd will not get angry about the Paris Masters being dwarfed as they will get high quality tennis still.

It will create a very Major heavy rankings for the year, as basically the majority of the rest of the tournaments are getting cancelled, and that is not how a full tennis year looks like. In addition, it will create further problems for the ranking for the next year, as the points will not count for a full year, and all adjustments that could be introduced to negotiate that could be viewed as meddling in the rankings.

 

tonylg

Legend
RG could see the worst standard of play ever at a grand slam
Situation normal then?

It is rogue and arrogant, not only because all 3 affected slams, along with with the ATP and WTA, should come up with a co-ordinated approach .. but also because the bloody pandemic is still unfolding and tennis can wait.
 
The problem with grass, and tennis is England, is that you really are at the mercy of the weather.

A move to much later in the year is not as practical as it is for RG, and is not likely to be possible. They wouldn't be able to get the schedule completed.

It would be incredibly stupid for Wimbledon to proceed this year in it's enforced calendar position. It would hold the knives to player's necks to enter an event when London is currently willing mass infection of the disease.

A cruel choice for players, who are rational agents with a big decision to make: either enter and put your life / family's health / career / season at risk, or withdraw and have a skeleton field of vultures grabbing a cheap major. It will reflect terribly on the tournament.
There is no significant difference in what will happen in London and Paris regarding the virus, so your objections are the usual thinly veiled VB blabber (just like your thinly veiled Nike blabber in the Equipment sections).

 

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
In London, October temperatures average a daily high of 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) and a low of 7 °C (44 °F ).

It's likely neither RG or Wimbledon will be played this year. If the pandemic isn't eradicated by then, forget about any tennis at the professional level.
Paris is both warmer and dryer in September than May.
@weakera posted monthly temperatures (max & min) and rainfall in France.
 

bjsnider

Hall of Fame
This might force Nadal and some of the older clay specialists to skip the Open, or at least choose between the two.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
This might force Nadal and some of the older clay specialists to skip the Open, or at least choose between the two.
Just like it might force Djokovic to skip Roland-Garros, or at least it will probably make him tired for RG.
 
I'd prefer this whole mess be cleared up in time so that the event wouldn't have to be moved, but who knows when that will happen. As far as the rescheduled date for the event is concerned, I'm fine with it since it's after the USO so it won't conflict with another slem.

I've seen some poasters concerned about having that many events back to back (WC, OG, USO, RG), but is that really any different than RG, WC, OG, USO :unsure: And lastly, since it's an ITF event it can do whatever it wants and the ATP has no authority over it :cool:
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
The ATP should re-schedule some of its Masters for those dates, and make players attend these events as they are mandatory.
 

Yugram

Legend
Your point being that unlike Pospisil you're not even pretending that you care about the lower ranked players? Is that the message you're trying to send here?
The lower ranked players would clearly benefit from the entire season being canceled, right. My point is that Pospisil is b-hurt over no one consulting with him, not necessary because it’s a bad decision in some way.
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
The lower ranked players would clearly benefit from the entire season being canceled, right. My point is that Pospisil is b-hurt over no one consulting with him, not necessary because it’s a bad decision in some way.
My point is that you don't care about any of this and only care that RG is played so Rafa can win #20.

So don't dunk on Pospisil for false motives.
 

Yugram

Legend
My point is that you don't care about any of this and only care that RG is played so Rafa can win #20.

So don't dunk on Pospisil for false motives.
I have another interest in RG being played, that's correct. Still better for the players if it is held than not.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
The pandemic doesn't need to be eradicated, it just needs to be minimized, and it will be minimized enough by September so they can play the French Open with or without crowds.
Roland Garros is the only slam I guarantee will be played this year.
So Nadal gets his best slams back to back and he will be totally fresh as hardly any tennis will be played until then while Federer probably loses his best slam in England, and gets his two worse back to back and has is Laver Cup that was becoming massive ruined.

Sorry this is totally unfair.
 
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