French Open postponed until September because of COVID-19

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(AP) – The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The French tennis federation says the clay-court tournament will be played from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The main draw was originally scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.

The next major tennis championship currently on the calendar is Wimbledon, which is to start in late June in England.

Last week, the men’s and women’s professional tennis tours began announcing cancellations of various tournaments in response to the viral outbreak.

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