Alexander Zverev has tore French Open organizers have complaints about the schedulesuggesting that rising fan favorite Carlos Alcaraz has been given preferential treatment.
Zverev found himself stooped to other courts with the French Open’s main showcase court, Court Philippe Chatrier, which is mostly occupied by Matches featuring the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The German star said he was not surprised that two-thirds of the “big three” in tennis would be a big draw, but the world number three was not happy to see Alcaraz play three of his first four matches on the show court.
By comparison, Zverev has played for the Court Phillippe Chatrier only once.
After his quarter-final win, Zverev said the atmosphere on the pitch compared to other courts was “completely different” and questioned why “Alcaraz got what he wanted”.
“we [Carlos Alcaraz and myself] We have Novak and Rafael on our side in the tournament. And of course, if they’re on your side in the tournament, they get what they want, and that’s okay,” Zverev said. Eurosport Germany.
“One has won 20 Grand Slams, the other 21 Grand Slams, and that’s right. That’s totally fine for me.
“But it’s interesting to see that Alcaraz gets what he wants. We’ve all played a few times at Susan Lenglin Court. Myself three times, Novak twice, even Rafa. But Alcaraz plays every game on Philippe Chatrier.
“I understood he was the huge new and exciting talent in tennis. I’m still number 3 in the world, but that doesn’t mean anything about me.
“We have Rafa and Novak on our side of the tournament and they have to make room, so someone else can play on the center court which hasn’t happened a few times already. That’s a lot of fun for me.”
French Open schedule under fire again amid players complaints
Scheduling has been a pain point for many players at this year’s French Open, including Nadal.
The Spaniard is unhappy about the date of the quarter-final match with Djokovic in the evening.
The Night Session, for which Amazon Prime has exclusive broadcast rights in France, begins at 9 p.m. local time and was first presented in the 2021 edition of The Great Earth Courts.
“I don’t like night sessions on the mud,” Nadal said.
“I don’t like playing on the mud at night because the humidity is higher and the ball is slower and there can be very difficult conditions especially when it’s cold.”
The scheduling of women’s matches has also been criticized – of the 10 singles matches scheduled for the evening at Court Philippe Chatrier, only one was a women’s match between Alize Cornet and Jelena Ostapenko.
Women will definitely be talking about the disparity at the French Open, former tennis star Barbara Chet said.
“I think women are definitely talking about the night sessions and I’m sure it’s going to show up in players’ meetings as well, and that women want to have more of the night sessions – not just one out of 10,” Schett said. Eurosport.
“This will be addressed by the WTA, I’m sure some players or the head of the WTA will talk to Roland-Garros and say ‘OK, we’d like to have more equality’ – so it’s definitely a topic among the players.”
Skeet admitted that the tennis director may have reservations about holding one women’s match at night because if it’s too short, it could discourage the ticket holder from attending again.
But, the former tennis star said there could be women’s back-to-back matches or even a doubles match.
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