Despite the new date for Roland Garros, tournament director Marcel Hunze keeps hopes that the Libéma Open can take place in early June.

The Grand Slam tournament in Paris has been moved by a week and now coincides with the grass tournament in Rosmalen.

"We are now in close consultation with all unions about the consequences of this decision," Hunze said in conversation with NU.nl on Thursday.

"All options are still on the table. It could be that we will move to another week and it could also be that the tournament cannot continue. It will be a complex puzzle."

Due to the large number of corona infections in France, the government announced a new lockdown last weekend.

As there are likely to be easing in mid-May, it has been decided to move Roland Garros to May 24th to June 13th.

The grass tournament in Rosmalen is on the program from 5 to 13 June.

"The news was not really raw on our roof. We were aware that there were options on the table to move Roland Garros. It is a pity that it falls within our week, but it is understandable and it did not really come as a surprise, "said Hunze.

Tournament director Marcel Hunze does not yet know whether his Libéma Open can continue.

Tournament director Marcel Hunze does not yet know whether his Libéma Open can continue.

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'Very important that a Grand Slam can continue'

A possible cancellation of the Libéma Open would be a damper for the organization, because last year the grass tournament (ATP and WTA) could not take place due to the corona pandemic.

For the coming edition, Kiki Bertens and Daniil Medvedev, among others, have already agreed to participate.

"We fully understand the decision to relocate Roland Garros", says Hunze.

"We are in an incredibly bizarre year where we are all affected by the corona crisis, but the Grand Slam tournaments are of course of the utmost importance. It is important that they can continue."

It is not yet clear when a decision will be taken on whether the Libéma Open will take place.

Grass tournaments are also on the program in Nottingham (WTA) and Stuttgart (ATP) in the last week of Roland Garros.

The WTA and the ATP enter into discussions with the organizations involved.

"At the moment it is really too early to say anything about the consequences. I don't think it will take weeks, but at least there will be no news today," said Hunze.

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