The King of Clay was notified of the French Tennis Federations decision before news broke on Tuesday… While many in tennis circles were surprised about the French Tennis Federations decision to postpone Roland Garros until after the US Open (Sep 20 to Oct. 4), Rafael Nadal was reportedly in the know.
According to French Federation President Bernard Guidicelli, Roland Garros Tournament Director Guy Forget reached Nadal to inform him of the decision just before the news broke.
"We had Rafa on the phone we tried to reach other players,” said the president of the FFT during a press conference, according to RMC Sport. “It was Guy who got Rafa. His feeling is that it is a good decision that allows clay to stay on the calendar.”
RG tournament director Guy Forget called Rafa Nadal before the announcement. Not surprising. https://t.co/6f4CsVGGXm
— Simon Cambers (@scambers73) March 17, 2020
If the calendar holds, Nadal would attempt to defend the two major titles he currently holds within a five week span. But we probably shouldn’t worry about that now, there are simply too many unknowns in the current calendar due to the Coronavirus pandemic that is rapidly approaching 200 confirmed cases late Tuesday evening.
More to follow…