Back to the Tennis Newsfeed

New for This Pandemic French Open: Fall Weather and Lights

Anne-Christine Poujoulat/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The official poster for the 2020 French Open shows a view of a sunlit clay court through a dense ring of green leaves.

But that poster was commissioned long before the start of this year’s tournament was postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.

If it were being painted for the French Open’s new dates, falling leaves and chestnuts would be more appropriate.

“The trees are shedding,” said Sven Groeneveld, a veteran coach. “On court you have plenty.”

Roland Garros, synonymous with Paris in the spring, has turned autumnal this year.