| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Seth Sarelson

 

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has announced that it will allow spectators, about 20,000 people per day, at this year’s French Open.

“The number of spectators allowed inside the stadium will be 50 percent to 60 percent of its usual capacity, allowing us to ensure the barrier measures are respected,” the FFT said in a statement. “However, if the situation requires more stringent hygiene standards that force us to reduce the number of spectators on site, the tournament organizers will refund any supplementary tickets sold.”

The French Open is set to begin on September 27 and run through October 11. Organizers anticipate that they could allow up to 10,000 people for the finals, and that capacity can be increased if the situation in France continues to improve.

Fans at the French Open will have to maintain social-distancing rules and wear a mask when on the Roland Garros grounds. There will be an empty season in between each group of fans on the show courts, and only four people maximum will be permitted to sit together. On the outside courts, every other seat will be vacant.