The decision to reschedule Roland Garros, because of the coronavirus, angered many people.
Tennis stars are suffering too, but what challenges many people is the way this decision was made.
For Roger Federer, this reprogramming also has financial implications. The Swiss star, who is recovering from knee surgery, is financially involved in the Laver Cup, a competition that has reached the fourth edition and now overlaps with the new interval in which Roland Garros will play.
“This announcement surprised us and our partners, Tennis Australia, USTA and ATP. It raises many questions, and we evaluate the situation. At this point, we want our fans, sponsors, TVs, staff, volunteers. , players and big city Boston know that we plan to hold the Laver Cup 2020 as scheduled, “ the Laver Cup release states.
Roland Garros, due to start on May 24, has been rescheduled from September 20 to October 4.
🎾Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, also disturbed by the reprogramming of Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal is also in a difficult position.
Twice a winner of the French Open, the Spaniard is also a participant in the Laver Cup, and now he does not know how to do it.
Novak Djokovic was angry when he learned of the decision to turn the calendar over.
The Serb started as a cannon this season and was planning an exceptional new year, wishing to win all major tournaments, but now they are under the threat of coronavirus.
Naomi Osaka also criticized the decision, because it was taken without consultation with the heads of the other Grand Slams and the authorities.
The directors of the tournaments that were already scheduled are also upset.
“The decision for Ronald Garros to move in September, from my point of view, is misleading and selfish. He shows contempt for the other tournaments and even for the players, because no one consulted them,” said the tournament president from Acapulco, Raul Zurutuza.
Under these circumstances, the last US Grand Slam tournament of the year, should open on September 14, leaving players only a few days to recover before Roland Garros.
🎾Darren Cahill also reacted to the reprogramming of Roland Garros
Nor was Darren Cahill too pleased with the French decision to reprogram Roland Garros.
Simona Halep’s trainer, former winner at Roland Garros, Darren Cahill, reacted after the tournament was moved and believes “it has to be found once it makes sense.” “Nobody wants the Roland Garros tournament canceled, just for everyone to work together to find a date that makes sense when things get a little clear. Players, tournaments, grand slams, men and women, all in one room. Now it’s a little early for answers,” Darren Cahill wrote on his Twitter account.
Player Vasek Pospisil, a member of the ATP Players’ Council, was upset when he heard the news: “It’s crazy what happens! The situation is so ambiguous now, and the behavior of the organizers from Roland Garros has nothing in common with the cooperation we are trying to have it in the circuit!”
“We have a calendar! We are in the middle of negotiations and we are trying to reduce the losses. The organizers of Roland Garros did not consult with anyone. It’s such a selfish behavior! They behaved like arrogant people,” Pospisil told the New York Times.