It was a still chilled Raphaël Nadal who showed up a little before 2 a.m. on Wednesday after his success in three sets in the quarter-finals against the young Italian Jannik Sinner. Usually, the Mallorcan is not the type to complain, but this time, the conditions and the time (very late) in which his quarter-final had been played were too much for the twelve-time winner of the event, very uplifted. “The real problem is it was too cold to play. It is dangerous for the body to play in such conditions ”, had railed Nadal in front of the press before returning to his hotel. A speech which has not lost a crumb Guy Forget, the director of the tournament. However, the former captain of the French Davis Cup team does not want his words to the owner, sent to the front in the cold of the Parisian night at a time when most tennis enthusiasts were stinging already nose, not to say that they were already plunged into the arms of Morpheus. “I understand his reaction, because the conditions were not good, admits Guy Forget in Le Parisien this Thursday. It’s never nice to finish at 1:30 in the morning, but he’s a professional and he played perfectly. »First disappointed to have had to play the world number 2 in such cool temperatures and weather, especially at this very late evening, the native of Casablanca (Morocco) does not hide that the Mallorcan was not helped by the circumstances of this completely crazy day, and in particular the endless match in the third rotation on the same Philippe-Chatrier central court between Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem (5:08 hours of play).
Forget: “People want to see games at night, I’m sure of it”
“Honestly, we were unlucky. There have been five games, we play in the middle of autumn, the temperatures are low and there is humidity. The conditions will be better in the spring for everyone. “Thursday’s mishap and the many criticisms do not prevent the tournament director, in fact, from sticking to his positions for 2021. As planned, he will therefore launch the first edition next year with night sessions on the program, as is done at the Australian Open or the US Open. Forget is even certain that this new formula will be a real success. “In Paris, people go to see football matches or go out at night to the theater or to the cinema, that does not change anything, estimates the former world number 4 in the columns of the daily newspaper. I remain convinced that people want to see games at night. When I was a player, I loved playing at night, which is what makes the US Open and the Australian Open so charming. The atmosphere is electric, especially in New York. During the day, people work and not all can come. Now they can. “Hoping for Guy Forget that the health situation will improve and will not force the organizers to shift Roland Garros again to a period when it is not good to put a champion out. As immense as it is.