Despite all tennis events being cancelled or postponed until further notice due to coronavirus, Rafael Nadal has won the French Open again, extending his own record for most victories at the same slam to 13.
The ATP and WTA announced earlier this month that all men's and women's professional tennis tournaments would be postponed due to fears surrounding the spread of coronavirus, which has since been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
But as the four slams (the sport's most prestigious tournaments) are separate from the respective tours, no official announcement had been made as to whether or not the French Open or Wimbledon would be postponed.
In fact, French Open organisers had initially stated that they had no intention to postpone or cancel the event at Roland Garros. But with fears escalating and cases increasing across the globe, tournament director Guy Forget announced at a press conference that a decision had been made to just cancel the tournament and give the trophy to Rafael Nadal.
"As time has passed and the severity of coronavirus has become clear, we have decided that the tournament will not be going ahead as planned this year.
"However, our team spent many weeks running tests, simulating over 1,000 potential draws, and based on our findings it was plainly obvious that Rafael Nadal was going to win the title again anyway. So, we have decided to award him his 13th trophy, which will be given to him at a closed ceremony at Roland Garros that viewers can watch live on Eurosport on 7th June.
"We now look forward to next year and hope that Nadal, Federer and Djokovic might give someone else a chance to win a slam. It's getting boring for us now."
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