On October 28, local time, French President Macron made a televised speech, acknowledging that France is facing the test of the second wave of "sudden acceleration, more serious and deadly" epidemic. Macron announced that it will re-activate the nationwide blockade policy on October 30 and last at least until December 1. This also puts the ATP Paris Masters to a test from October 31st to November 8th.
Although the lockdown order did not mention policies for large-scale sports events, during the lockdown period, all private gatherings are prohibited, restaurants, shopping malls and other places will be closed, and France will close its external borders with Europe. Shortly after Macron released his speech, some players posted an email from the ATP Player Relations Department on social media, mentioning that the French Tennis Association is negotiating with the French government over the scheduled holding of the Paris Masters.
The email wrote that the French Tennis Association plans to hold the Paris Masters in an empty field, but it still needs government permission. The French Tennis Association will confirm with the French government as soon as possible whether the Paris Masters can be held empty and what kind of anti-epidemic regulations need to be followed during the tournament. The French Nets Association expressed that it hopes to get a reply on the afternoon of October 29, local time.
The Paris Masters is the last Masters of the year and the penultimate event before the London Finals. Nadal will play as the top seed. All the top ten players except for the defending champion Djokovic and Federer, who truce with a knee injury.