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French Open Director Stands By Decision That Led To Championship Postponement
Published June 12, 2012
LOST REVENUE: In Paris, Amsili & Derreumaux reported that the postponement of the final to Monday will be expensive for tournament organizers. Ysern said, "For sure this additional day has a cost but we did not have a choice." Stadium workers also have to be present for the additional half day. Eurest Sports et Loisirs Project Chief Yannick Lantrous said, "It is a loss for us, because it's an additional day of labor and products that we had to urgently order last night at 23:00." He added: "I don't think the suppliers will bother themselves." Another problem is attendance. Tickets from Sunday were still accepted, but many fans couldn't make it back on Monday afternoon. During the first minutes of the match, "less than half of the seats were occupied" (LE FIGARO, 6/11).
OTHERS MISSING OUT: In Australia, Simon Canning reported that Nine Network would "not screen the conclusion" of Monday's French Open. Fox Sports carried the conclusion of the French Open final, which began at 9pm in Sydney. A Nine Network spokesperson said that its shared rights with Fox "did not extend" to Monday and the network "was not willing to negotiate a one-off deal to carry half a final" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/11).