Unfortunately, it could not be otherwise. France is preparing for a new 4-week confinement from this Friday, October 30, so it is no longer possible for sporting events to host short-term spectators on the national territory. The Rolex Paris Masters has logically paid the price: in a press release, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) on Thursday declared the total closed session for the duration of the tournament from the qualifications to the final (October 31-November 8).
Nevertheless, during the day and during the last weekend of competition for the semi-finals and the final, 1000 spectators were supposed to heat up the atmosphere. But the exponential increase in coronavirus cases and the future saturation of resuscitation services have therefore forced the authorities to completely reconfigure the French population. And the Rolex Paris Masters had to give up its last illusions about the presence of a possible public.
Ticket owners, who were surely delighted to be able to attend a bit of tennis in this dark year, will be fully reimbursed “as soon as possible”, assured the FFT. The tournament will take place despite everything, and will be followed on the Eurosport platforms.