Djokovic episode taught us to be cautious, says French Open’s Forget
MUMBAI (INDIA) – Organisers of French Open are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the Grand Slam does not meet the same fate as Novak Djokovic’s Adria Tour that was dropped after several players tested positive for COVID-19, said tournament director Guy Forget.
The Serbian player came under fire for the charity event played before packed crowds in Serbia and Croatia. The matches witnessed players hugging in the court and posing for photographs together.
Players Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for the new coronavirus.
On the Roland Garros grounds, the French Open authorities will only permit 60% of normal capacity when the tournament begins on Sept. 27. Foget said they would not repeat the mistake of the Adria tour.
“Maybe some people were overconfident there,” Forget said.
“Luckily no one got hurt really bad but even a few cases is too much and we want to avoid that as much as we can.
“We want to reassure everyone that having people getting ill will be terrible for us. Let’s be really careful, really cautious.”
Spectators have to wear face masks when they enter the ground. The French Tennis Federation (FFT) expects close to 20,000 spectators during the early stages of the two-week tourney and half the number on the final weekend.
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