French Open begins as high gamers grumble over chilly climate


The match’s 10th seed was 2-1 up in opposition to Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic within the first spherical when she took issues into her personal palms after mild rain paused the match.

When she was requested to stay on courtroom by a match official whereas a choice was taken about whether or not play ought to proceed, the Belarusian tennis participant mentioned she wouldn’t keep on ready outdoors.

“I am not going to take a seat right here as a result of I will get frozen,” she advised the supervisor.

After complaining that it was solely eight levels Celsius (46.four levels Fahrenheit), the two-time grand slam winner mentioned she lived in Florida and was “used to scorching climate.”

“It is ridiculous, it is too chilly. What is the level? Sitting right here like geese,” Azarenka added.

When the match resumed 50 minutes later, the Belarusian shortly took management of the sport, beating her opponent 6-1 6-2 in simply over an hour. Her victory was watched by simply 9 spectators, in accordance with Reuters.

Talking concerning the interruption, Azarenka mentioned: “I believe it’s totally tough for the time being to have these circumstances. So positively not going to take a seat right here and complain, however generally I believe there are smarter methods to deal with conditions.”

Over within the males’s draw, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who’s hoping to win his 13th French Open title, has additionally harassed that circumstances are totally different this yr, after the clay match was delayed from Might to late September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rafael Nadal targets 13th French Open title as Novak Djokovic says his rival is 'beatable' on clay

“The ball is tremendous gradual, heavy. It is very chilly. Sluggish circumstances,” Nadal mentioned.

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The Spaniard additionally mentioned that he has “at all times” been “beatable” on clay, commenting that Novak Djokovic has defeated him “lots of occasions” on the floor.

Nadal’s opening match in opposition to the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov is scheduled for Monday.


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