The Gold Coast Bulletin

Clear rule for fans at French


FRENCH Open fans must show they are free from COVID-19 if they want to be among the small number of spectators allowed to attend the last five days of this year’s Roland Garros, organisers said on Wednesday.

French tennis federation director-general Amelie OudeaCaste­ra said potential spectators at the May 30-June 13 Grand Slam must demonstrat­e proof, from June 9, that they had a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of attendance, or bear a certificat­e of vaccinatio­n.

“The activation of the health pass is a little revolution for us that allows us to unlock the limits a little and which will be a big first,” Oudea-Castera said.

She added that up to 5388 spectators would be admitted at the Roland Garros site in western Paris until June 8, in line with current French government coronaviru­s-related regulation­s.

That figure will go up to 13,146 a day later thanks to the government’s decision to raise fan numbers to a 65 per cent limit of actual capacity. The tennis has not received a waiver on the curfew in France, meaning there will be no fans on the first nine evenings.

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