Rafael Nadal Denounces Roland Garro's Schedule Long After Midnight

Rafael Nadal Denounces Roland Garro’s Schedule Long After Midnight

Rafael Nadal found Tuesday’s schedule at Roland Garros irresponsible for the tennis players. The twelve-time champion hit his last ball at just before 1:30 a.m. and did so in autumnal conditions.


“I don’t understand that they have put five games on Court Philippe Chatrier. That was a risk”, said Nadal after his three-set victory over Italian Jannik Sinner.

“The day before, when I received the schedule, I immediately saw that it could be late because there were several potential long games in between. And it became long games. That is also a bit of bad luck.

The match between Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman lasted more than five hours. In addition, a postponed fourth-round match from the women’s tournament was played before that. Nadal: “I just tried to be patient, to accept everything and to be as positive as possible.”

When Nadal started against Sinner, it was chilly (13 degrees Celsius), and there was quite a bit of wind on the centre court, where the roof remained open despite the late starting time.

“It’s too cold to play tennis. I know that football players experience it all the time, but they are always on the move. We stop, come back and have to deal with a side change”, said the 34-year-old Spaniard.

Due to the coronavirus, Roland Garros was moved from May and June to October.

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