French Open could be postponed


Islamabad – April 6 (Online): The French Open could be postponed because of a surge in coronavirus cases in France, the country’s sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says.
France entered a third nationwide lockdown on Saturday, which president Emmanuel Macron said he expected to end in mid-May.
The Grand Slam is due to take place at Roland Garros from 23 May to 6 June, with qualifying the week before.
In 2020, it was postponed to the autumn because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are in discussion with [the French Tennis Federation] to see if we should change the date to coincide with a possible resumption of all sports and major events,” Maracineanu told France Info radio.
“Today, although high-level sport has been preserved, we try to limit the risks of clusters, of spreading the virus within professional sports.”
France is battling a peak of about 5,000 Covid patients in intensive care units. On Friday, the country recorded 46,677 new cases and 304 deaths.