Sport French Open capacity reduced to 5,000 per day amid coronavirus spike
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Only 5,000 fans per day will be allowed in at the French Open amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.
Main-draw matches are scheduled to begin at Roland Garros on Sept. 27 after the Grand Slam was postponed because of COVID-19.
It was announced earlier this month that 11,500 spectators would be allowed in per day, although several players raised concerns after the U.S. Open was held behind closed doors.
France reported 10,593 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday before a reduced capacity for Roland Garros was announced.
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"The FFT [French Tennis Federation] will therefore assume the responsibility of organizing the tournament with a new layout," a statement read.
The evolving hygiene situation in the Paris area has prompted the Paris police department to limit the number of spectators who may enter the 12 hectares Roland Garros site on a daily basis to 5,000 during the tournament.— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros)
"It is important for the sporting, social and economic life of the country that a major event like Roland Garros can be put on while respecting health imperatives.
"Such will be the case for the 2020 tournament.
"The FFT is conscious of how disappointing this news will be for those who will not be able to come to the stadium due to the reduction in capacity. We would like to thank you for your understanding and your dogged support of the tournament.
"Roland Garros 2020 will set an example by endorsing, promoting and defending its cherished sporting values."
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