The Arena in Montpellier will host a really stunning discipline from February 21 to twenty-eight, on the event of the eleventh version of the Open Sud de France. But as a consequence of the well being disaster, the competitors shall be held with out an viewers.
This is an unprecedented state of affairs for the Open Sud de France. For the first time in its historical past, the Arena in Montpellier won’t welcome a public throughout these eight days of competitors, as a consequence of the well being state of affairs.
“The warmth of the public and the packed stands at the Sud de France Arena will be missed,” stated Sébastien Grosjean, director of the Open Sud de France since 2016, on the tennis match web site.
Despite the disappointment, the organizers are nonetheless glad to have the ability to host this nice sporting occasion. Because a couple of weeks in the past, the holding of the occasion was not assured: the match dates have been formalized on December 29 solely.
For his half, the mayor of Montpellier and president of the Métropole Michaël Delafosse stated he was glad to have the ability to host the eleventh version of the match. “In the current health context, everything is being done to ensure that this tournament is held behind closed doors and to offer a good tennis field”, he assured on the website of Montpellier Métropole Méditerranée.
Tennis followers will have the ability to comply with the matches on tv, on the BeinSport and ViàOccitanie channels.
A really heavy sanitary machine
On their arrival in Montpellier, the gamers are all taken on to their lodge to be examined: till the end result, they need to not depart their room. If the take a look at is damaging, they are going to be allowed to go to the competitors venue.
Throughout the match, gamers will go from lodge to Arena and from Arena to lodge with no different exits permitted.
Within the Arena, gamers can solely be accompanied by their coach and shut employees. “All the staff are limited, we try not to exceed the 100 people at the same time”, continues TV Sport Events. The surfaces may even be scrupulously cleaned constantly throughout the eight days of competitors.
Classified in the ATP 250 Series class, the match is performed on a tough floor. And the competitors guarantees to be robust: the crème de la crème of French tennis shall be current throughout these eight days. Among them, Dusan Lajovic (twenty sixth in the ATP rating), Ugo Humbert (thirty second), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (sixtieth), Gilles Simon (66th) and even Toulouse’s Hugo Gaston (168th). Big absent from the occasion: the Biterrois Richard Gasquet, injured in the foot.
On the worldwide facet, we’ll discover amongst others the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (thirteenth), the Belgian David Goffin (14th) or the Polish Hubert Hurkacz (twenty ninth).
The organizers of the Open Sud de France made the draw on Saturday February 20. It is doable to seek out the tables for the simple ones, the doubles and the qualifications (which shall be held Sunday and Monday) on the occasion web site. The Franco-French duel between Lucas Pouille and Benjamin Bonzi is notably eagerly awaited.
So who will succeed Gaël Monfils, winner of the Open Sud de France in 2020? Answer on February 28!