The Roland Garros got everyone by surprise by unilaterally deciding to postpone its event in September. Most (if not all) the stakeholders didn’t like the move for 2 reasons: First, the decision was unilateral without consulting the other organisations affected; second, it was announced on twitter out of the blue. The French Open picked as its new dates the fortnight following the 20th of September to impact 9 other events.
Naomi Osaka, Alize Cornet, Tennys Sandgren and Vasek Pospisil were among the players to react to this curious (and perceived as arrogant) decision.
Currently the world no.10, the Japanese played her last match on the 7th of February when she lost to Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-3 in the Rubber 1 of the Fed Cup.
Naomi Osaka’s most significant achievement of the year was reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane.
Naomi didn’t seem please with the French Open on how it was communicated to tweet: “Excuse Moi?”
excusez moi??? https://t.co/kb5wi27dRc
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) March 17, 2020
Currently ranked no.59, Cornet played her last match on the 4th of March when she was defeated by Camila Giorgi 4-6 7-65 6-2 in the 2nd round in Lyon.
The Frenchwoman was also not pleased with her own federation to say ironically: “Nice to learn it on Twitter”
Sympa de l'apprendre sur Twitter 👍
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) March 17, 2020
Tennys Sandgren’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now the world no.55, the American played his last match on the 10th of February when he lost to Steve Johnson 6-75 6-3 7-63 in the 1st round in New York.
Hey all the other events, this is how you make a statement https://t.co/GARwwJmJpr
— Tennys Sandgren (@TennysSandgren) March 17, 2020
Vasek Pospisil’s ranking and performance in 2020
Currently ranked no.93, the Canadian played his last match on the 26th of February when he lost to Kacper Zuk 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the 2nd round of the Calgary Challenger.
Vasek Pospisil’s most significant achievement of this year was getting to the final in Montpellier.
This is such a difficult time. Everyone is being impacted by this catastrophe. Enhancing communication & working together to find solutions should be the priority. Not going Rogue & making selfish/arrogant decisions to further impact the tour in a negative way. #RolandGarros
— Vasek Pospisil (@VasekPospisil) March 17, 2020