COVID-19 hits French Open revenues; 2021 nonetheless on

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Roland Garros organizers say they’ve not made a revenue from this yr’s pandemic-hit version of the French Open that was pushed again from spring to autumn, disadvantaged of 97% of its ticket gross sales and most of its spectators and is wrapping Sunday with the lads’s last of Novak Djokovic vs. Rafael Nadal.

As for subsequent yr, organizers are nonetheless planning to revive the Grand Slam clay-court match to its regular Could-June slot however admit they haven’t any visibility on whether or not the pandemic will enable that to occur.

“We now have no crystal ball,” mentioned Bernard Giudicelli, the French tennis federation president. “We’re advancing into the unknown.”

Organizers mentioned that staging this yr’s September-October version within the midst of the pandemic, with just one,000 spectators allowed per day and simply three% of the standard quantity of tickets offered, induced a success of 80 million to 100 million euros ($95 million to $118 million) to the match’s revenues and left it incomes about what it price to carry.

“We’re not making a (revenue) margin,” mentioned Jean-François Vilotte, the French federation’s director common.

Giudicelli insisted that holding the match in such circumstances was nonetheless a “profitable” selection and that it could have been “unthinkable” for 2020 to have handed and not using a French Open.

“To be a Grand Slam is to be a pillar of the sport,” he mentioned. “The pillar held.”

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