Paris (dpa) - The French Open of tennis professionals should be played with spectators despite the difficult situation in the coronavirus crisis.

About 50 to 60 percent of the normal audience capacity was allowed by politicians at the Grand Slam tournament in Paris from September 27 to October 11, the organizers said. Accordingly, there could be around 10,000 spectators on the facility on the last days of the two-week event. A maximum of four people may sit next to each other, with one seat left in between.

Ticket sales to the public are scheduled to begin on July 16. Depending on the development of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of spectators can still be adjusted, it says on the tournament homepage.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the French Open had been moved from late May to autumn, and the organizers had received a lot of criticism for its arbitrary postponement. Now the most important clay court tournament of the tennis season is to take place as the second Grand Slam tournament after the corona virus break.

The worldwide tour is still paused until the end of July. After a five-month break, the game should start again in early August. For women, the clay court tournament in Palermo starts again on August 3rd. The men start about two weeks later at the hard court event in Washington. As of August 31, the US Open in New York is planned ahead of empty ranks.

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