bah bah! this is disrespectful for the sport!!!
Hold your horses, people! First of all, he was not going to even come to Sydney, but they didn't manage to withdraw within the deadline, like the rest of the people who played a final last week. So he just had to play a match here.
Second of all, it was WAAAAAAY too hot here. Officially it was 42 degrees in the shade, the official measured temperature on the court was 52.8 degrees. People were refusing to come even to watch, to say nothing of playing! Many of the tennis players complained that the matches should have been suspended for a few hours due to the extreme heat. I have no idea what the organisers were thinking and why they didn't start the day at 10 a.m., instead of 11 a.m. when it was already 37-38 degrees. Then they should have give everyone a rest until probably 5 p.m.
Grigor played in the worst weather, in the worst possible court. It is all concrete and heats like hell. The commentators today were saying on TV that whoever wins the first set wins the match, because there is no coming back from it and the opponent just tries to get out of the sun as quickly as possible. Can anyone blame them?
I am sure you didn't want Grigor to chase balls for nothing and then get a sun stroke??? He is better off going to Melbourne and acclimatising there, which is exactly what they would be doing. Trust in him and his team that they know what is best.
By the way, he is in good spirits for the AO, he was just too heated today.
Greetings to all!