With each edition, its little novelties or adjustments. But two months before the start of Roland-Garros (from May 22 to June 5), the organizers wanted to mark the change of course, Wednesday March 16. A new vision defended by the director of the tournament, Amélie Mauresmo, appointed three months ago.
If the press briefing was dominated by the idea of “rediscovering the pleasure of being together”, with stadiums “at full capacity”, in the words of Gilles Moretton, President of the French Tennis Federation, many new features were presented. Franceinfo: sport explains to you what will change.
Back to all categories
After two years of a disrupted tournament due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fans will find everything that makes the image of Roland-Garros. Thus, all categories (such as the legends trophy in particular) will return to Parisian clay. Children’s Day also returns to the calendar, with a dusting off that will be revealed soon.
Moreover, for the first time, the ladies’ field of the legends trophy will be aligned with that of the men’s with sixteen participants, twice as many as in other years. There will also be only one test, without distinction of age. Parity will be honor, since it will be respected for the first time in all categories.
For its part, wheelchair tennis will go from eight to twelve players qualified for the main draw. In order to allow a better exposure of the discipline, two
matches will be scheduled for the first time on the Philippe-Chatrier court on Friday June 3 (at 11 a.m.) and Saturday June 4 (at 11 a.m.). For the quad too, the events will increase from four to eight participants. Finally, the mixed doubles will return to their usual pre-covid format, where 32 teams will be able to participate in the main draw.
The arrival of a new regulation
This is one of the great novelties of the next Roland-Garros tournament, which even turns out to be a small revolution. A super 10-point tiebreak will be set at 6-6 in the final set. This rule change concerns ladies’ and men’s singles, ladies’ and men’s doubles, junior girls’ and boys’ singles and wheelchair tennis.
Starting at this year’s #Roland Garrosall four Grand Slams will use a 10-point tiebreak to decide final sets when the score reaches six games all.
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— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) March 16, 2022
This decision also concerns the other Grand Slam tournaments, which have decided to align themselves with this same game format. “We had to be consistent with the other Grand Slams. We couldn’t afford to have four Grand Slams with different functions”, justified Amélie Mauresmo.
Access to the lower stands and ticket office for young people
In order to achieve the objective of filling the stadiums of Roland-Garros “at full capacity”, the organizers have worked on access to the stands. First, during the 2022 edition, the tournament will sell 1,500 tickets entitled “annexes up”. These tickets will give their holders access to all the adjoining courts and above all will allow them to access the lower stands, also called the boxes, of the Philippe-Chatrier court in the event of low attendance.
To fill the presidential stand, which is also usually empty, the organizers want to give club volunteers the opportunity to watch matches from this stand. So they will be there “regularly invited”, says the organizers.
Finally, for the second consecutive year, places at 10€ for young people under the age of 25 will be on sale. Something new, however: during the qualifications, 2,400 places will be offered to associations linked to the FFT.
Scripting of night sessions
While the night sessions made their debut in 2021, the organizers want to go even further this year around the scripting of the evenings. Finished the tarpaulins at the edge of the pitches, LED panels have been installed all around the Central court in order to stage the entry of the players day and night.
A few minutes before the start of the matches at 9 p.m., a musical show is scheduled every day. If all this is still a way to fill the stadiums, the goal is also that these evenings become “essential” over time, underlined Amélie Mauresmo.
The mental health of players better taken into account
After the distress experienced by the Japanese player Naomi Osaka during the 2021 edition, subject to anxiety problems, the organizers of Roland-Garros wanted to show that they were listening. “We want the players to have the best possible preparation,” said Amélie Mauresmo.
Concretely, rest rooms will be made available to players as well as catering areas dedicated to players and their closest circle, so that they can have moments of tranquility. “The tournament will also offer, in collaboration with the circuits, telephone assistance for players who encounter psychological difficulties, while a
team of specialists will also be at their disposal face-to-face, if necessary”, explain the organizers.
Amélie Mauresmo has finally indicated that she would be available to them if needed. She has also exchanged a lot with Naomi Osaka and her agent on this subject.