After finishing his second- round match on Day six of the French Open, Rafael Nadal described the French Open scheduling as ‘unfair’ and ‘a joke.’
He was expressing his displeasure over the fact that his third- round opponent, Fabio Fognini, benefited from a day off on Friday having been scheduled earlier on Thursday and completed his match against Lukas Rostol.
In a match held over from Thursday, the 7- time Roland Garros champion defeated Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Court Suzzane Lenglen.
“I think everybody knows in this room that the schedule of yesterday was wrong,” the Spaniard said. That’s the real thing.
“I don’t know if the director of the tournament, supervisors, guys who take the positions, they take a bad position two days ago, because when you make the schedule at 7:00 in the (evening), not 11:00 in the morning, you know which weather predictions you have for the next day.
“I cannot play third after men’s and girls when my possible opponent plays second after girls. That’s not fair. And today I was playing almost three hours on court, and my opponent was watching the TV in the locker room.
So if you told me that’s fair, I say that’s not fair. The only thing that I can do is be positive, smile and try to win my match and try to be ready for tomorrow,” Nadal added.
The first week of the Roland Garros has been disrupted by poor weather, and Thursday was the worst hit.