Sounds of tickets being collected, fans chanting their favorite players names and vendors greeting guests with a welcoming "bonjour" usually fills the air at Roland Garros. It's an enchanting atmosphere as fans regard the elegance and the raw energy of the game while indulging in a pain au chocolat or macaron.
This year's edition paints a vastly different picture.
Unlike last month's fan-less US Open, Roland Garros did everything it could to allow spectators. Officials originally aimed for 50 to 60 percent capacity, or around 20,000 fans per day. That would quickly dwindle to 5,000. But just before the Grand Slam began, COVID-19 cases would spike and the French Tennis Federation would reduce the number again to just 1,000 fans per day.