The Paris Masters 1000 starts in three weeks now (October 31 to November 8). And this Wednesday, the FFT announced a reduced gauge to 1,000 spectators per day. “The tournament will welcome 1000 spectators per day, taking into account the health constraints applicable in Paris and as defined by the order of the Paris Police Prefect.“Says the FFT in a press release.
“In the light of the rigorous organization of Roland-Garros, the FFT will reconcile strict compliance with the necessary health measures and the organization of this exceptional sporting event“, adds the text. Roland-Garros, which takes place until Sunday, welcomes only 1,000 spectators per day since September 27, in accordance with government health directives.
“We have no visibility on the health situation at the end of October”
After the cancellation of many tournaments at the end of the season, in particular the entire Asian tour including the Masters 1000 in Shanghai, or that in Auckland (New Zealand) scheduled for early January to launch the 2021 season, a message posted on the host site of the tournament had cast doubt on the holding of the Parisian Masters 1000. “At present, we have no visibility on the health situation at the end of October. While waiting to have drawn the outlines with the French government, we unfortunately cannot give you precise information on the organizational arrangements.“, was it still written late Wednesday afternoon.
Novak Djokovic in Bercy
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“Regarding the ticketing arrangements, they will be communicated in the coming days on the official website of the tournament.“, adds the FFT. Undermined by the coronavirus pandemic, the ATP circuit was interrupted from March to mid-August. It resumed chugging, behind closed doors or with very small spectator gauges, but a number of tournaments have been canceled. Without a public, such events are not profitable for the organizers or the main sponsors. On the other hand, the ATP which intends to maintain its Masters at the end of the season, which brings together the eight best players of the year, pushes for a number of competitions to take place to give more value to its board.