There is no point in playing the French Open behind closed doors – in Lacante

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Changed 14 May 2020, 06:00 IST

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Henry Lacante said with a jolt of plans to keep the French Open behind closed doors that it made no sense.

Originally scheduled to start in May, the Coronavirus epidemic forced the French Open to return in September, probably without fans.

COVID-19 Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II, when the US Open is still scheduled to advance to this stage.

Roland Garros should not play without fans in attendance, believing in the 1986 French Open runner-up Lacante.

“I think honestly [playing Roland Garros behind closed doors] “Not the best solution,” he told Status Performance.

“I think it’s one more way [French Tennis] After the lockdown, the Federation lockdown has become easy to keep people alert, it has been only two days.

“We understand that the French public is not [very careful]. We see kids and young people not being cared for. I just hope we don’t face another wave.

“I also think there’s no point in playing behind closed doors for Roland Garros. I don’t think it works for sponsors, it’s a complex issue for players to deal with. It’s more a political decision.

“The federation hopes that in a few months everything will be behind us and we will be able to play Roland Garros. They are trying to keep that expectation alive. That is my opinion.”

France has seen more than 178,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with the death toll exceeding 27,000.