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Up to 60% of the usual attendance capacity will be allowed inside the Roland Garros grounds for the 2020 edition of the French Open amid the coronavirus crisis, organisers said on Thursday.

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli told a news conference that on the main courts, a maximum of four people could sit together, with an empty seat between groups.

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On the other courts, one seat out of two will be empty when the main tournament starts on Sept. 27.

Giudicelli explained that it meant about 20,000 spectators are expected during the early stages of the two-week clay-court 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.

“We went for the responsible option,” said Giudicelli, who added that wearing a face mask would be mandatory for people on the move inside the grounds, while they would only be recommended for people sitting courtside.

“Should the situation evolve in the right direction, new tickets would be available in September,” Giudicelli added.

In case stricter measures would have to be imposed, there will be draw held to decide which tickets will be cancelled.

The FFT added that the COVID-19 protocols for players and staff were still being drafted.

The French Open was postponed from its usual May-June dates to September because of the pandemic, which has infected almost 11 million people and claimed more than half a million lives globally.

The US Open is being held without any spectators in New York from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.


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