French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo defended the night sessions after both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic said their match started too late. At around 9:05 p.m. French time, Nadal and Djokovic began their quarterfinal match.
The game lasted just over four hours and ended after 1 in the morning. After the match, both Nadal and Djokovic said that the match started too late. “As far as I’m concerned, the night sessions at the stadium are definitely appropriate, because it was always packed to the brim every night,” Mauresmo said, according to the BBC.
“There was real excitement. People could work during the day and still watch the game at night. I’m learning a lot about the tournament schedule. We’ll actually have a feedback session on it at the end, but it’s only 10 night games in total”
In the first 10 days, only one women’s match was scheduled for the night session. Addressing the situation, Mauresmo basically said that male matches are more attractive. “In this time we find ourselves in – and as a woman, a former female player, I don’t feel bad or unfair in saying this – the men’s games have more appeal, in general,” Mauresmo said.
Tennis commentator Annabel Croft noted that the match between Nadal and Djokovic was the easy choice for the evening session. “Would you honestly replace Nadal’s match against Djokovic last night with a women’s match?” Croft said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“There’s a natural demand and that’s what it is. You can’t force it.”
Djokovic is ranked No. 3 in the world
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has come under scrutiny for his vaccination stance from business tycoon and former World No.
19 Ion Tiriac. “He wants to be a personality, but he doesn’t have the charisma of McEnroe or Nastase,” Tiriac said. “So it’s a little more difficult. Without a doubt he is a great player and a great worker.
But he’s not Nadal.” The Serb won the title at SW19 last year, beating Matteo Berrettini in the final, but will lose all of his 2000 points even if he wins the tournament this year. Djokovic will return to defend his crown at Wimbledon later this month.
He has not played any event since his quarter-final exit at Roland Garros to Rafael Nadal. The 35-year old will need to maintain his level of consistency at SW19 to win a 21st Grand Slam title. Djokovic is ranked No. 3 in the world right now but will drop out of the top-5 after Wimbledon.
2022 is not going well for Novak Djokovic. The former world number 1 was unable to compete in the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue, as well as having undergone a bureaucratic and media process that damaged his image.
The Serbian champion hoped to redeem himself at Roland Garros, where he was considered his great favorite, especially after the triumph in Rome without losing a single set. After walking in the first week, his run sadly ended in the quarterfinals against his eternal rival Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard then hoisted himself to 22 Majors, further stretching on Federer and Djokovic. The 35-year-old from Belgrade will necessarily have to impose himself at Wimbledon to close the gap, given that he will hardly be able to go to New York to compete in the US Open.
According to the latest rumors, the United States has no intention of ‘lightening’ health measures and will not discount the 20-time Grand Slam champion. To the microphones of ‘GB News’, Nigel Farage broke a spear in favor of Nole.
Farage opens up on Djokovic
“The US Open has decided that Russian and Belarusian players can play in the US Open, but that Novak Djokovic cannot play in the US Open because he hasn’t had the vaccine,” Farage said.
“This is madness. There are no health grounds to back this up whatsoever.” He added that the move had more to do with having “control” rather than health concerns. “Indeed, I have to say I argued strongly here with doctors as to whether I should have the booster,” Farage said.
“I concluded in the end, I shouldn’t have the booster and the reasons. Very simple, whether you’ve had the vaccine or not, you can still catch Covid. Whether you’ve had the vaccine or not, you can still spread covid.
The argument for having the vaccine is, if you get it, you will be less ill. But bear in mind Novak Djokovic is one of the healthiest 35-year-olds living in the world today,” he continued. “He’s got full health insurance.
There is absolutely no way he will present any burden of any kind at all to the US authorities. This isn’t about health, it’s about control.” Travis believes that the final Grand Slam of the year must include the three-time champion in the draw.
According to Travis, the likes of basketball player Kyrie Irving (including Djokovic), who have refused the vaccination will seem smarter by the day. Talking to FOX News, he says, “It’s a joke. So, I think this will end up getting resolved and Djokovic will play”.