Opinion: Moving French Open to fall after U.S. Open offers intriguing possibilities

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With the coronavirus pandemic eliminating any possibility of major sporting events being played this spring, the first major shift for the tennis calendar occurred Tuesday when the French Open announced it is abandoning its traditional start in late May. 

Now, it is scheduled Sept. 20 through Oct. 4.

The move sets up a highly intriguing and unusual scenario in which the French Open would begin exactly one week after the U.S. Open final — assuming the United States Tennis Association stuck to its current dates. There is no word yet on whether Wimbledon, which is scheduled to begin June 29, plans to shift to different dates. 

The decision to change the schedule caused immediate controversy with players, who would have to play grueling Grand Slam events on different surfaces (hardcourt to clay) with no break in between. ATP players’ council member Vasek Pospisil tweeted that Roland Garros made the decision without communicating at all with the players or the ATP Tour and called it “madness.” 

Tennis, as much as any sport, has been vulnerable to the coronavirus concerns…

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