At the end of the month, and only three weeks after Roland-Garros, Paris will once again be the capital of the little yellow ball. Time under threat, the Masters 1000 in Paris will take place at the Accor Arena in compliance with health standards, with a confirmed presence of a maximum of 1,000 spectators (as at Porte d’Auteuil) during the day. And empty stands in the evening, due to the curfew.
“The Rolex Paris Masters will welcome 1,000 spectators during the daytime sessions, which will take place from Monday 2 to Friday 6 November, as well as for the semi-finals (Saturday 7 November) and the final (Sunday 8 November), declares the FFT in a press release. The qualifications (Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November) and the five evening sessions (up to and including the quarter-finals) will be played behind closed doors. “
Placement in the grandstand will be subject to a precise protocol, with a gap of one seat between each group of buyers (maximum 6 people). In order to guarantee the health and safety of all, the wearing of a mask will be compulsory for all persons over 11 years old. Tickets (sold from this Thursday 10 am for license holders, Friday 3 pm for others) will only give access to the central court.
From Monday November 2 to Thursday November 5, sessions will begin at 11 a.m., with four games scheduled per day. Friday November 6 will feature two quarter-finals, starting at 2 p.m., while the first semi-final will be played on Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by the second (not before 4.30 p.m.). The singles final is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Djokovic should skip the line
Several new features are appearing in this 2020 edition. The final table thus goes from 48 to 56 players, or 12 additional matches in the first round. As part of the health crisis, the overall amount of prize money has been significantly reduced (30%) by the ATP (association of professional players).
To show solidarity with the players most affected, the gap between the winner of the singles (301,975 euros) and the losers of the first round (22,275 euros) has been reduced. The losers in the first round of qualifying will receive 6,160 euros, up 65% from last year.
This Tuesday, Rafael Nadal has already announced his presence in Bercy. The recent winner of Roland-Garros for the 13th time will seek his first success in the other major Parisian tournament. A tournament that Novak Djokovic, the defending champion (and five-time winner), could skip, the Serbian having no points to come and get to keep his place of world No. 1.
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