French Open Empty Seats Highlight Scheduling Debate: Officials Vow Changes

Disappointment over empty seats during the French Open's singles semi-finals has prompted officials to vow improvements. Tournament director Amélie Mauresmo and French Tennis Federation President Gilles Moretton acknowledged scheduling issues, particularly the imbalance between men's and women's matches in prime time. A review of the entire event will begin soon to address these concerns.


PTI | Paris | Updated: 09-06-2024 18:12 IST | Created: 09-06-2024 18:12 IST
French Open Empty Seats Highlight Scheduling Debate: Officials Vow Changes
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The sight of empty seats during the French Open's singles semi-finals raised concerns among organizers, with Tournament Director Amélie Mauresmo expressing disappointment on Sunday.

"We're not satisfied," Mauresmo admitted, noting she has "a number of ideas" to address the issue. However, she chose not to disclose them at this time.

Speculation continues around unused tickets, with Mauresmo remarking, "Who knows? I'm not in their heads." French Tennis Federation President Gilles Moretton added, "We can't force people to go to the stands."

With over 650,000 spectators attending during the past three weeks, including qualifying rounds, the issue highlights deeper scheduling concerns. A review is planned for the coming weeks as both Moretton and Mauresmo agree improvements are necessary.

A recurring topic is the scheduling disparity between women's and men's matches, especially concerning the night sessions. Only one women's match was featured at night this year, compared to eleven men's matches. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) highlights the need for balanced scheduling, emphasizing the depth of talent in women's tennis.

Despite her concerns about the length of women's matches and potential audience dissatisfaction, Mauresmo acknowledged the importance of showcasing women's tennis. Logistical issues, such as the time required to transition between day and night sessions, further complicate the matter.

"Nothing's engraved in stone. Things can change," Mauresmo concluded. The intention remains to enhance the viewer experience while maintaining strategic scheduling.

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