NEW

Osorio Serrano takes on Zidansek in Bogotà final

At the WTA 250 tournament in Bogotà, 19-year old wildcard Maria Camila Osorio Serrano will play for her first career title on home soil at the Copa Cosalnitas against the No 5 seed, Tamara Zidansek on Sunday.

Kudermetova to meet Kovinic in Charleston final

15th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova made it into the Volvo Car Open trophy match in Charleston where she will meet unseeded Danka Kovinic, both unlikely and surprising finalists from a field that was led by World No 1 Ash Barty and 4th-ranked Sofia Kenin among 9 of the...

Pablo Carreno Busta makes Marbella final

The final of the Andalucia Open in Marbella will be fought out by Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta, the top seed and the unseeded Jaume Munar who were well tested by two compatriots during their semi-final clashes on Saturday,

Tennis mourns HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

The All England Lawn Tennis Club led tributes to His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday at Windsor Castle, conveying sincerest sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of the tennis world.

Paris move is causing problems

There has been a bit of kick-back over the FFT’s decision to postpone the French Open by a week to 24 May, with tournaments on the ATP and WTA calendars affected, and players critical.

Badosa blitzes Barty to join Kudermetova, Kovonic and Jabeur in Charleston last 4

Spain’s Paula Badosa, ranked 71, stunned the World No 1 Ash Barty at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston on Friday night in straight sets to reach the biggest semi-final of her career at the WTA 500 event.

It’s an all Spanish semi-final line-up in Marbella

Not surprisingly perhaps, but the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open in Marbella is being filled by local talent but it is the first time in 17 years (Valencia) that four players from the same country have made it to the last four.

Barty battles on as Kvitova and Muguruza depart

Ash Barty came through a tough challenge from Shelby Rogers at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston to reach the quarter-finals, but Petra Kvitova and Garbiñe Muguruza, who were seeded to meet there, both bowed out.

Evans crashes out of Cagliari

The British No1, Dan Evans, the top seed at the Sardegna Open, was beaten after a two-hour and 10-minute three-set marathon, by Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti.

French Open delayed by one week

The 2021 French Open, due to start on 23 May, is being delayed by one week and the main draw will now begin on Sunday 30 May, with qualifying rounds to be held from Monday 24 May.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Roland Garros remains on track

As France locks down for a third time because of the rise in coronavirus cases, organisers of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris say the clay court Grand Slam remains on track to be staged from 17 May to 6 June.

At the moment, we are on track, the tournament is on the scheduled date but if we are told a general confinement for two months, we will necessarily have to take measures - the worst being the outright cancellation, but I dare not imagine that. Gilles Moretton, Président Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT)

France has imposed new lockdown measures across the country for the next four weeks, including a 7 pm curfew and 10 km movement restrictions.

As a result, Roland Garros is considering a range of scenarios for holding this year’s major, saying it is not likely that the event will either get cancelled, or have full capacity crowds.

Similar to current plans for The Champions at Wimbledon, arrangements probably will include reduced attendance and a bubble environment for the players and their teams.

Gilles Moretton, the new President of the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT), told AFP that the tournament was looking at the possibility of having no fans or even large crowds.

“There is the total range… or almost total because I dare not imagine a 100 percent crowd level,” he said.

“At the moment, we are on track, the tournament is on the scheduled date but if we are told a general confinement for two months, we will necessarily have to take measures – the worst being the outright cancellation, but I dare not imagine that.”

Daily cases of COVID-19 in France have doubled to around 40,000 and hospitals in infection hotspots like Paris are overflowing.

On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that schools will close next week and a limited lockdown in place in Paris and other regions would be extended to the whole country to battle soaring COVID-19 cases, but professional sporting competitions are still allowed with no fans.

Last year Roland Garros was delayed by four months and held in September and October instead of its longstanding May-June slot, with crowds limited to just 1,000 spectators each day by government restrictions leading up to the tournament.

Moretton confirmed that the FFT will not have a two-week quarantine like the Australian Open, which forced players into a two-week hotel quarantine.

“We are studying a lot of options for Roland Garros 2021,” added Moretton.

“There is the total range, but that can start from behind closed doors to a level that will not be 100%. All the options with us are ready.”

With European clay-court events scheduled in the weeks leading up to Paris, safety protocols will be decided in the next few weeks.

“We meet all the players regularly and we wait to see how things will turn out,” Moretton said.

“Before us, there are other tournaments like Monte Carlo, which takes place on the same territory and which is outdoors and after there are tournaments not too far away [Madrid,  Rome] so we are not like the situation in Australia.”

Moretton added that organisers will be able to take into account lessons learned from other events leading up to the season’s second Grand Slam event.

With a retractable roof over the Philippe Chatrier Stadium and newly installed floodlights on all match courts, the FFT plans to hold night sessions for the first time.


Gilles Moretton, the new President of the French tennis federation (FFT) was elected for a 4-year term on 13 February

© FFT

Moretton was elected President of the FFT on 13 February, wining the majority vote over incumbent Bernard Giudicelli, who he succeeds for a 4-year term.

A former professional tennis player, Morreton played on tour from 1977 to 1984, obtaining a career best singles ranking of 65 and 55 in doubles, and also playing for France in the Davis Cup.

He reached the round of 16 at Roland-Garros in 1979, where he lost to Björn Borg, and the final of the Atlanta tournament in 1981.

After retiring at the age of 26, he pursued an entrepreneurial career for thirty years, guided by his passion for sport and founding his company, GMO (Gilles Moretton Organisation), specialising in the organisation of sporting events, and creating the Lyon Grand Prix de Tennis in 1987, which has become a major event on the ATP circuit.

In 1995, GMO organised the Lyon Marathon and six years later, in 2001, Moretton was appointed Chairman of the Management Board of ASVEL Basket, the famous basketball club that won two French championship titles, in 2002 and 2009, under his leadership.

In 2005, he was appointed Executive Director of the Sportfive sports marketing agency, a position he held until 2007 and in April 2010, he joined a group of Lyon investors who bought the local television channel TLM (Télé Lyon Métropole), of which he became president from July 2013 to January 2015.

In January 2018, he decided to commit to the development of tennis, and was elected President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Tennis League, before being re-elected in November 2020.

Three months later, he became the 15th President of the French Tennis Federation with his project ‘Together For Another Tennis’, following a campaign of more than a year, conducted throughout France.





Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.