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50 Parting Thoughts from the 2020 French Open

We may recall 2020 as a kink in the chain of history. But tennis did its part to keep lineage intact. The last two majors were held under extraordinary circumstances. Yet they were held. The autumnal French Open—total two-week attendance: 15,000—wrapped Sunday. Herewith, 50 thoughts from Roland Garros 2020.

• As with the U.S. Open, we crowned an extra winner here: the tournament itself. The “bubble” wasn’t impermeable. The COVID metrics worsened in France as the tournament went on. But of the 256 players in the main singles draws, zero tested positive. Zero. The FFT’s decision to change court positioning, so to speak, and grab these autumn dates was criticized at the time.