The French Open has been postponed by a week in the hope that more spectators will be permitted to attend.

The Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros will now run from 30 May to 13 June with qualifying the week before.

France is in a third nationwide lockdown amid a surge in coronavirus cases, which president Emmanuel Macron previously said he expected to end in mid-May.

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said postponing was the “best solution”.

“I am delighted that the discussions with the public authorities, the governing bodies of international tennis, our partners and broadcasters, and the ongoing work with the WTA and ATP, have made it possible for us to postpone the 2021 Roland Garros tournament by a week,” FFT president Gilles Moretton said.

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