French Open threatened with loss of ranking points by ATP after tennis calendar hijack

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) have reportedly been told the French Open will not award ranking points to players if they insist on staging their event in September.

Earlier this month, the FFT took the bold action and moved the French Open from its date in May to September over fears it would cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic but the decision has created an uproar within the sport.

The ATP, WTA and US Open have all suggested the FFT made the scheduling decision ‘unilaterally’.

While players were bemused to learn of the move via social media.

But in an act which could cause a greater a rift within the sport, Dirk Hordorff, president of the German Tennis Federation (DTB), says the ATP have issued an ultimatum to the FFT.

“It is not a threat – the ATP has communicated it to Roland Garros and to the FFT: ‘If you continue with this idea, we will not award you ranking points’,” he told French publication, L’Equipe.

“And it will not end with this year’s edition: no points not only this season but also the next one. I don’t like wars, but there is nothing left to do but fight right now. It is madness.

“Above all we must worry about defeating the virus, safeguarding the health of the population, we must stop it with these cat and mouse games within our organization.

“We must do what is best for tennis. Andrea wants to make everyone agree, this is his goal. But there is no need to worry about him, he is very strong.


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“He is easily able to follow up on the threat and take away the points from Roland Garros. The ATP was crystal clear.”

Roger Federer’s Laver Cup is among the events impacted by the rescheduling of the French Open but Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley says he expects the situation to be resolved amicably.

He told ‘The First Serve’ podcast: “I’m not in the shoes of the French Tennis Federation so I can’t comment on decisions they make.

“I’m pretty confident it will all eventually work out because as a group we all need to collaborate. At this point, the Laver Cup is planning to go ahead and there wasn’t communication on it, but I can’t comment on the process they went through and the decision.

“The Laver Cup is one of those cool, new things on the market which has taken the world by storm in many ways.

“People enjoy it, embraced by the players and it has been sold out.

“It is too early to tell. There’s still a lot of conversations that need to take place. We are part of that, we aren’t the only ones.

“There’s five owners of this event and they will all be part of that conversation and the tennis world will work it out. I’m not that worried about it.”

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