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Federer, Robredo and Sharapova criticize Sunday start at RG

nobama
05-28-2006, 11:18 PM
From Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/)

Roger Federer criticized organizers of the French Open for making him play on the opening day in Paris, the first time a grand-slam event has begun on a Sunday.

Federer said he had asked not to play on the opening day but his requests were rejected by organizers who have extended the event to 15 days in order to increase its exposure, particularly on television.

"I requested not to play Sunday, so I wasn't happy to play today," Federer told reporters. "I heard I was going to play Sunday a couple weeks ago. I was never happy about that idea. I told everybody that I didn't want to play Sunday.

"Anyway, they decided to do it that way. That's grand slams. They don't listen to us as much as the other tournaments, which is unfortunate sometimes.

"I asked when I was going to play my second-round match in case I win. They said Wednesday. I wasn't happy the last time I had a Monday-Thursday in any tournament. It's been ages ago."

Federer was concerned that he could lose his rhythm before his second-round match on Wednesday. "I think it's just tricky," Federer said. "You play Sunday, first up. You feel like the tournament hasn't started and right away you're challenged.

"Full stadium, pressure. Then you have to wait. I think if you pass the first two rounds, then obviously it's okay because you're in the rhythm. I think it needs the first two days to get over."

"It was very similar to the match I played in Australia in the first round (against Denis Istomin)," Federer said. "This time around it was even more difficult because I only knew one day ahead who I was going to play, and I never heard of his name. First time I saw him was five minutes before the match."

Seventh seed Tommy Robredo also criticized the Sunday start. "If my match had been a five-set match in five hours, I would have had two days to rest," said the Spaniard, who beat Tomas Zib 6-4 6-2 6-2.

"If you have a two-hour match with three sets, then you have two days off, it's a bit unfair really. I need to be able to manage those two days because it's like starting a new tournament. When you have two or three days off, it's a bit dangerous sometimes."

betterthanhenman
05-28-2006, 11:22 PM
Starting on Sunday is an unnecessary and stupid change...and that's being generous.

Raquel
05-28-2006, 11:22 PM
Obviously the French Federation want to milk as much money out of it as possible, but it certainly doesn't seem popular with the players and it is an awkward schedule playing Sunday, then Wednesday. Maria Sharapova was even more scathing saying the Federation care only about making money and the French players.

nobama
05-28-2006, 11:24 PM
May 28, 2006 — By Bill Barclay

PARIS (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova slammed the new Sunday start at the French Open after both ran into trouble on the opening day of the claycourt grand slam.

For the first time the tournament began a day early with organizers hoping to increase exposure of the event.

Instead they attracted criticism.

Men's top seed Federer started poorly before overcoming Argentine qualifier Diego Hartfield 7-5 7-6 6-2 in the first round while women's fourth seed Sharapova, who is suffering from an ankle injury, saved three match points in a 6-2 5-7 7-5 win over American Mashona Washington.

Sharapova, who has not played for nearly two months, said she had been asked to play despite making a request to delay her first round game. Some first round matches will not be played until Tuesday.

"I asked them if I could play later. The answer was, 'You're playing Sunday fourth match.' Obviously, it's not in their best interest," the Russian said.

"It doesn't make you feel great when you know that the French federation, all they're thinking about is selling tickets, making money and about their players. I mean, you can't be too happy about that."

Federer was also unusually outspoken after revealing his appeal not to play on the Sunday had fallen on deaf ears.

The world number one had not played since his Rome Masters final defeat by Rafael Nadal two weeks ago and trailed 3-0 and 5-3 in the first set before eventually subduing an opponent playing his first match at tour level.

Federer is more used to winning finals on Sundays than contesting first round matches and he was not happy.

"I requested not to play Sunday, so I wasn't happy to play today," said the Swiss, who is seeking to become only the third man to hold all four grand slam titles simultaneously by winning the claycourt event.

"I didn't want to be the guy who starts the tournament. I was never happy about that idea. I told everybody that I didn't want to play Sunday.

"I'm happy I didn't lose because otherwise I'd be very angry right now."

In contrast France's Amelie Mauresmo, the women's world number one who has often wilted under the spotlight at her home event, was unflustered in an impressive 6-4 6-4 win over American Meghann Shaughnessy.

The Australian Open champion, who has benefited from a favorable draw, appropriately sealed victory with an ace and said: "It's satisfying for a first round, even if it was not the match of the century."

NADAL BID

Men's third seed David Nalbandian of Argentina swept through to round two with a 6-2 7-6 6-4 victory over Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, whom he also beat in the second round of this year's Australian Open.

"For me I think it was a very tough first round," said Nalbandian, the 2004 semi-finalist. "It was not an easy one. I played against him in Australia and it was very tough so winning in three is good."

Nadal was due to play Sweden's Robin Soderling in his first-round match on Monday. If he wins, he will break Guillermo Vilas's 1977 record of 53 consecutive wins on clay.

Another Spaniard, Tommy Robredo is a potential quarter-final opponent of Federer. On Sunday the seventh seed and Hamburg Masters winner eased past Czech player Tomas Zib 6-4 6-2 6-2 in his first-round match on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Briton Tim Henman, the surprise 2004 semi-finalist, was a 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-4 winner over Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen. Spain's Carlos Moya, the 1998 champion, beat Juan Antonio Marin of Costa Rica 7-5 6-3 6-3.

Allez
05-28-2006, 11:28 PM
I think it's great. However it needs to be managed such that players don't hang around for 2 or 3 days doing nothing! I mean come on! The first round could be finished in 2 days. No need to drag it all the way to Tuesday. Also if Rogi says he doesn't do Sundays, please listen to him :worship: :worship: :worship: . The US Open and Australian Open are to follow suite, so it's going to be interesting to see how they sort out the scheduling because so far it's a mess. :eek:

nobama
05-28-2006, 11:28 PM
Starting on Sunday is an unnecessary and stupid change...and that's being generous.And what's the deal with playing R1 over three days? Why is that necessary? Other than the greedy slams only interested in making more $$. :( Starting a tournament on Sunday, the same day as the finals is weird.

Deboogle!.
05-28-2006, 11:31 PM
But their concerns are for different reasons. Maria is upset because she was hurt and thus had to play a day earlier, so she feels like her health was put aside to favor the French players and for money - anyone can understand that. Roger and Tommy's concerns are about playing Sunday then having a few days off before his next match. You can't lump them together. If Maria had been healthy and had no concerns, she may not have had any complaints. But since she did and her request for a Monday start was denied, she is obviously justifiably upset.

But it's good they're speaking out loudly about it - if they make a big enough stink maybe it won't happen again and maybe the other slams won't follow suit (Which apparently at least some of them are interested in doing) Also if Rogi says he doesn't do Sundays, please listen to him :worship: :worship: :worship: .yeah, all tournaments should be scheduled just how Roger wants, because he's not really that talented and needs all the help he can get to win...... :o:retard:

scoobs
05-28-2006, 11:36 PM
I think it's a tricky situation - it looks like the slams are going to make a habit of this in future (except Wimbledon which probably won't embrace the idea for 20 years or so :) )

So the top players are going to have to start managing this sort of thing.

The organisers want to do it and they have to put together an attractive enough card to get the crowds in on the first day - not surprising they pulled Federer and Sharapova in. Even if Federer requested not to start on Sunday, and even if doing so actually hurt their own player Clement, taking possibly two days extra he could have had to rest. Same with Sharapova - no question she would rather have started Tuesday with her ankle bugging her.

First time round it's going to be wierd for the players but I think they'll get used to it eventually.

I'm not surprised it bugged Federer though -he really is a guy who is happiest when he knows what's going on and when and can slip into a fast rhythm. Starting the tournament on a day he's not used to, against a player that changed late on is bound to unsettle him quite a lot and he did seem quite grumpy again on court today.

Still - everyone got through so it hasn't blown up in the organisers faces.

nobama
05-28-2006, 11:38 PM
I think it's great. However it needs to be managed such that players don't hang around for 2 or 3 days doing nothing! I mean come on! The first round could be finished in 2 days. No need to drag it all the way to Tuesday. Also if Rogi says he doesn't do Sundays, please listen to him :worship: :worship: :worship: . The US Open and Australian Open are to follow suite, so it's going to be interesting to see how they sort out the scheduling because so far it's a mess. :eek:But if they finish R1 in 2 days what's the point of having an extra day? Obviously if they're going to play R1 over three days and start on a Sunday somoene has to play. But I think if the #1 seed requests a couple weeks in advance not to play on Sunday the tournament could grant their wish. I'd say the same thing if Nadal had played today but requested to play Monday or Tuesday. I remember last year at the US Open they scheduled Federer first match on center court on Tuesday. When the match started the stands were less than half full. Then he didn't play again until Friday night. :retard:

GermanBoy
05-28-2006, 11:40 PM
I don't understand Federer, Robredo and Sharapova. The French Tennis Federation decided to organise the French Open that way. Someone had to start playing on Sunday. If they want these players to play on Sunday they just have to. It is obviously one point to discuss whether or not it makes sense to start a tournament on a Sunday but organisers can't always only follow the instructions of players and do what they want. IMO the comments of the three are just selfish. Every other player would have had to play on Sunday as well if scheduled. That is the bottom line.

nobama
05-28-2006, 11:43 PM
But their concerns are for different reasons. Maria is upset because she was hurt and thus had to play a day earlier, so she feels like her health was put aside to favor the French players and for money - anyone can understand that. Roger and Tommy's concerns are about playing Sunday then having a few days off before his next match. You can't lump them together. If Maria had been healthy and had no concerns, she may not have had any complaints. But since she did and her request for a Monday start was denied, she is obviously justifiably upset.

But it's good they're speaking out loudly about it - if they make a big enough stink maybe it won't happen again and maybe the other slams won't follow suit (Which apparently at least some of them are interested in doing)yeah, all tournaments should be scheduled just how Roger wants, because he's not really that talented and needs all the help he can get to win...... :o:retard:God I hope the other slams don't follow suit. Like you say maybe if the players bitch about it enough the other slams will think twice.

scoobs
05-28-2006, 11:45 PM
I think this is one reason Federer feels so happy and comfortable and settled and happy at Wimbledon.

There the scheduling for the defending champ is fixed and regular and only affected by the weather - he knows where he needs to be at 1pm on the opening day and should play every other day that week, then monday, wednesday, friday and sunday the following week.

Deboogle!.
05-28-2006, 11:47 PM
I don't understand Federer, Robredo and Sharapova. The French Tennis Federation decided to organise the French Open that way. Someone had to start playing on Sunday. If they want these players to play on Sunday they just have to. It is obviously one point to discuss whether or not it makes sense to start a tournament on a Sunday but organisers can't always only follow the instructions of players and do what they want. IMO the comments of the three are just selfish. Every other player would have had to play on Sunday as well if scheduled. That is the bottom line.Well to some extent I agree with you. But I don't even like Sharapova and I see why she's so upset. I mean, she was hurt, every day to recover might make a huge difference - Andy will probably play on Tuesday, but if his match had been today he probably would not have. I mean that's a big difference, if she was talking about playing or not b/c they refused to give her a Monday start. you can see why she is so frustrated that from her perspective the tourney just wanted to make money and favor its own players instead of granting her very valid request for a later start.

Tommy wasn't commenting on it about himself really but moreso but that it's unfair to the 116 players in the draw who don't get the extra day that the 12 players who DID play on Sunday have. They're saying they don't think it's a good idea at all - for them or anyone else.

However I don't understand what Roger's problem is with the tournament "starting with him" - that doesn't make sense to me why he wouldn't like that.

scoobs
05-28-2006, 11:47 PM
The Slams will do it anyway and expect the players to adapt.

The financial imperative is driving this forward and the players will come to terms with it after a few times around the block.

I understand all their gripes and I'm relieved ultimately it didn't affect anyone adversely in their results but complain as much as they like, the organisers will do what they feel best for the tournament.

Deboogle!.
05-28-2006, 11:49 PM
The financial imperative is driving this forward and the players will come to terms with it after a few times around the block.They can always refuse to play :) if there are no players and no matches, the slams will stop doing it :)

scoobs
05-28-2006, 11:50 PM
Heh.

Won't happen - no solidarity. Can you imagine what would happen if Rafa, for example, said "I'm boycotting the French over Sunday starts"? 127 other guys would say "fine - I want the title!" :)

scoobs
05-28-2006, 11:51 PM
They should not have asked Maria to play on Sunday.

As for Feds and the rest: I sympathise - but tough.

You'll adapt.

nobama
05-28-2006, 11:53 PM
I don't understand Federer, Robredo and Sharapova. The French Tennis Federation decided to organise the French Open that way. Someone had to start playing on Sunday. If they want these players to play on Sunday they just have to. It is obviously one point to discuss whether or not it makes sense to start a tournament on a Sunday but organisers can't always only follow the instructions of players and do what they want. IMO the comments of the three are just selfish. Every other player would have had to play on Sunday as well if scheduled. That is the bottom line.Of course someone has to play on Sunday. But if a player specifically requests in advance not to start on Sunday I don't know why they can't take that into consideration in their scheduling. But hey if a tournament can schedule night matches for Tojo against his wishes then it's certainly not surprising that the French Federation would say 'sorry Roger you play when we say'. I think the bigger issue is adding an extra day to the tournament and playing R1 over three days. I hope more players complain because it's stupid to do it that way.

Deboogle!.
05-28-2006, 11:56 PM
Of course someone has to play on Sunday. But if a player specifically requests in advance not to start on Sunday I don't know why they can't take that into consideration in their scheduling. But hey if a tournament can schedule night matches for Tojo against his wishes then it's certainly not surprising that the French Federation would say 'sorry Roger you play when we say'. I think the bigger issue is adding an extra day to the tournament and playing R1 over three days. I hope more players complain because it's stupid to do it that way.You're comparing Roger's simple preference not to play on Sunday b/c he DOESN'T want an extra day off to ToJo who literally cannot see well at night? I mean, those are nothing remotely the same. Roger just didn't want to play on Sunday, for his own selfish reasons, plain and simple. The tournament wanted to open with the two world #1s back to back. Sounds pretty logical to me, his request was denied and why not? He was in France for a week, hadn't played the week before, was in a good position to play on Sunday. Sorry no boohoos for Roger from me.

then scoobs, it must not be that big a problem if the players can't band together to stop it ;)

scoobs
05-28-2006, 11:56 PM
Of course someone has to play on Sunday. But if a player specifically requests in advance not to start on Sunday I don't know why they can't take that into consideration in their scheduling. But hey if a tournament can schedule night matches for Tojo against his wishes then it's certainly not surprising that the French Federation would say 'sorry Roger you play when we say'. I think the bigger issue is adding an extra day to the tournament and playing R1 over three days. I hope more players complain because it's stupid to do it that way.
I wouldn't be surprised if just about everyone requested a no Sunday start.

I wouldn't be surprised if Rafa requested no Sunday start - and if he did, well, they'd want one of Federer or Nadal on the opening day so Feds lost out on that turf war to the defending champ.

That's just speculation but few if any players seem in favour of this change so I wouldn't be surprised if the organisers were forced to ignore some requests and schedule Sunday anyway.

GermanBoy
05-28-2006, 11:57 PM
Well to some extent I agree with you. But I don't even like Sharapova and I see why she's so upset. I mean, she was hurt, every day to recover might make a huge difference - Andy will probably play on Tuesday, but if his match had been today he probably would not have. I mean that's a big difference, if she was talking about playing or not b/c they refused to give her a Monday start. you can see why she is so frustrated that from her perspective the tourney just wanted to make money and favor its own players instead of granting her very valid request for a later start.

Tommy wasn't commenting on it about himself really but moreso but that it's unfair to the 116 players in the draw who don't get the extra day that the 12 players who DID play on Sunday have. They're saying they don't think it's a good idea at all - for them or anyone else.

However I don't understand what Roger's problem is with the tournament "starting with him" - that doesn't make sense to me why he wouldn't like that.

To be honest, when seeing the schedule of play for today I didn't really understand why there were only these few matches. They could have splitted that differently. I have to agree with Robredo that this is a bit awkward.

However, no one forced Sharapova to play. I agree with you that a day more or less time to recover is essential but if she wants to play without any preparation and after some time absent with injury it is her decision. She is a bit selfish. She only tries to explain her poor match.

keqtqiadv
05-28-2006, 11:57 PM
Well, at least for people who watch, it's an additional day of tennis. I like it. :p

Deboogle!.
05-28-2006, 11:59 PM
However, no one forced Sharapova to play. I agree with you that a day more or less time to recover is essential but if she wants to play without any preparation and after some time absent with injury it is her decision. She is a bit selfish. She only tries to explain her poor match.No one forced her to play, but she apparently reinjured her foot a bit on Friday. So she was still carrying a valid injury and could have used a day off. I think it's too bad they wouldn't honor that request, that's all. Of course it is selfish but it's more than simply not wanting to play on Sunday. I don't think it's the same as roger just not wanting the day off :shrug: and I mean, I don't like Maria so it's not just like I like her and not Roger :shrug:

soraya
05-29-2006, 12:00 AM
A question: Who plays the first day? The #1 or the defending champion? and I am talking about any given slam. How is it determined who plays on first day? thanks

GermanBoy
05-29-2006, 12:01 AM
Of course someone has to play on Sunday. But if a player specifically requests in advance not to start on Sunday I don't know why they can't take that into consideration in their scheduling.

If you start allowing one player to mention his extra wishes everybody else will follow. Sharapova might have her reasons and maybe you can understand them but it is only her problem. All the other 127 women are not affected.

If you consider these request you have to completely find out every detail before to decide whether or not this request is appropriate or not.

Deboogle!.
05-29-2006, 12:01 AM
A question: Who plays the first day? The #1 or the defending champion? and I am talking about any given slam. How is it determined who plays on first day? thanksEach slam has its own tradition. At wimbledon the defending champion opens up play, RG obviously wanted the #1s to open it up. I don't think the AO or USO really have a set tradition that I've noticed or heard people talk about muchIf you start allowing one player to mention his extra wishes everybody else will follow. Sharapova might have her reasons and maybe you can understand them but it is only her problem. All the other 127 women are not affected.

If you consider these request you have to completely find out every detail before to decide whether or not this request is appropriate or not.It's not that hard to determine who has an injury that might force them out of the tournament. There aren't that many of them, I don't think it's particularly unfair to grant them later starts, and I doubt many players on either tour would be upset because they know it either has happened or will happen to them at some point

nobama
05-29-2006, 12:03 AM
Tommy wasn't commenting on it about himself really but moreso but that it's unfair to the 116 players in the draw who don't get the extra day that the 12 players who DID play on Sunday have. They're saying they don't think it's a good idea at all - for them or anyone else. Yes but having that extra day isn't necessarily a good thing. Like Robredo said: "I need to be able to manage those two days because it's like starting a new tournament. When you have two or three days off, it's a bit dangerous sometimes." So I don't really see it as an unfair advantage.

nobama
05-29-2006, 12:07 AM
You're comparing Roger's simple preference not to play on Sunday b/c he DOESN'T want an extra day off to ToJo who literally cannot see well at night? I mean, those are nothing remotely the same. Roger just didn't want to play on Sunday, for his own selfish reasons, plain and simple. The tournament wanted to open with the two world #1s back to back. Sounds pretty logical to me, his request was denied and why not? He was in France for a week, hadn't played the week before, was in a good position to play on Sunday. Sorry no boohoos for Roger from me.

then scoobs, it must not be that big a problem if the players can't band together to stop it ;)No, what I'm saying is if a tournament doesn't grant a legitimate request like Tojo's I'm certainly not surprised they wouldn't grant a personal preference, which is all Roger's was.

Velvetcat
05-29-2006, 12:23 AM
Tommy wasn't commenting on it about himself really but moreso but that it's unfair to the 116 players in the draw who don't get the extra day that the 12 players who DID play on Sunday have. They're saying they don't think it's a good idea at all - for them or anyone else.

He was complaining about having an extra day in between matches. Many players don't like this. It upsets their rythym.

Frankly I don't care what they want. Just like they don't care what I want :p
At the AO this year, Roger played two night matches, after which he requested to play the rest of his matches at night so he could keep to the routine (looking ahead also of course to a possible night time final). They granted his request. He then complained after the tournament of having to play all his matches at night. Almost all the post-final articles feature something like Roger being 'forced' to play at night.

Apparently he said no to playing at night in Rome. Which ticks me off on a superficial note - he looks so good at night, especially since he doesn't have to squint :hearts:

I don't like the FFT at all. After Roger said last year he'd rather win 7 more Wimbledons than 1 FO, they all but omitted him from their world feed :tape: Worst broadcast of any tournament I've seen.

Players are greedy, whining and selfish. I can see why - in their shoes that's the way to be. But I'm not in their shoes, or dating them, or related to them. Are you? If not, why always defend the players? Guess in this case because so few of you actually watch tennis, you couldn't care less about the scheduling benefiting viewers :rolleyes:

Merton
05-29-2006, 12:25 AM
They are doing this for the extra revenue generated from the Sunday start. I guess the ATP got its share of the extra pie, therefore the players cannot do much to prevent the implementation from the organizers. The sad thing is that this obviously creates unfair conditions for the players and it could become much worse if there are rain delays later in the tournament.

Gulliver
05-29-2006, 12:30 AM
I couldn't understand why there were only 12 matches. If Sunday is a good day to get the crowds in (and rake in the money), then at least provide a full or 3/4 schedule. Monday is going to have 64 matches on, and probably the outside courts will have few spectators.

My bet is that most French line judges and ground staff didn't want to work Sunday so they put on what they could. And if there had been lots of matches on, those few selected this time wouldn't have felt like guinea pigs. Sounds like a back of an envelope idea. :(

GermanBoy
05-29-2006, 12:35 AM
"I asked them if I could play later. The answer was, 'You're playing Sunday fourth match.' Obviously, it's not in their best interest," the Russian said.

"It doesn't make you feel great when you know that the French federation, all they're thinking about is selling tickets, making money and about their players. I mean, you can't be too happy about that."


Could someone please call this bimbo and explain her that without making profit there won't be any prize money? Plus, since when does she care as she does everything to promote herself and cash in all the time... :rolleyes:

nobama
05-29-2006, 12:41 AM
Could someone please call this bimbo and explain her that without making profit there won't be any prize money? Plus, since when does she care as she does everything to promote herself and cash in all the time... :rolleyes:I wasn't aware that the slams were having problems generating revenue or making a profit. All I ever hear is about record attendance. Where is the evidence that an extra day is really necessary?

Merton
05-29-2006, 12:44 AM
I wasn't aware that the slams were having problems generating revenue or making a profit. All I ever hear is about record attendance. Where is the evidence that an extra day is really necessary?

Since they decided to do it they must have calculated that the extra day generates extra profits. For example, when they got bids from the TV networks my guess is that they paid more for an additional day of coverage.

soraya
05-29-2006, 01:11 AM
Each slam has its own tradition. At wimbledon the defending champion opens up play, RG obviously wanted the #1s to open it up. I don't think the AO or USO really have a set tradition that I've noticed or heard people talk about muchIt's not that hard to determine who has an injury that might force them out of the tournament. There aren't that many of them, I don't think it's particularly unfair to grant them later starts, and I doubt many players on either tour would be upset because they know it either has happened or will happen to them at some point

thanks Debra :)

Bad Religion
05-29-2006, 02:17 AM
At least Roger Federer a.k.a. Rafa's pigeon did play a sunday in RG :rolleyes:

betterthanhenman
05-29-2006, 02:19 AM
At least Roger Federer a.k.a. Rafa's pigeon did play a sunday in RG :rolleyes:

Yet more wise words. Thought of teaming up with someome like MBF?

redsox1133
05-29-2006, 02:26 AM
this pissed me off...if it wasnt for these tournaments they would be poor, none of them graduated high school!! sports are more about the fans than the athlete.....so get over yourself!!!

betterthanhenman
05-29-2006, 02:29 AM
this pissed me off...if it wasnt for these tournaments they would be poor, none of them graduated high school!! sports are more about the fans than the athlete.....so get over yourself!!!

Just as I thought MTF couldn't possibly have any more, another genius arrives.

kjo
05-29-2006, 02:29 AM
I just listened to Fed's interview and he said he didn't have a problem w/ the idea of a sunday start in general because it's a good day to get crowds as people aren't working. Yeah, he would have prefered monday instead, but that's life.


When he made the comment about that he would have been "angry" if he lost, he said it w/ a chuckle; and later said sth like "we're not fighting, we're here to enjoy the tennis" - it always seems like the media manipulate the quotes to try to stir the pot and create as much controversy as possible.

cobalt60
05-29-2006, 02:40 AM
I just listened to Fed's interview and he said he didn't have a problem w/ the idea of a sunday start in general because it's a good day to get crowds as people aren't working. Yeah, he would have prefered monday instead, but that's life.


When he made the comment about that he would have been "angry" if he lost, he said it w/ a chuckle; and later said sth like "we're not fighting, we're here to enjoy the tennis" - it always seems like the media manipulate the quotes to try to stir the pot and create as much controversy as possible.
It reminds me of that old game "telephone" Where one person starts a phrase but what comes out at the other end is so vastly different. So the media puts their spin on it, and then readers put their spin on it and then MTF's put their spin on it and then it is actual fact;)

star
05-29-2006, 02:44 AM
I don't really care if Federer, Sharapova, etc. don't like the Sunday start, because it's great for people like me who work and don't get to seen much tennis during the week. I'll bet the USO does the same thing.

I do agree that if there's a lot more money made, they shoudl sweeten the purse for the palyers.

betterthanhenman
05-29-2006, 02:45 AM
The sunday starts are about nothing but money. It won't be long before there are an array of huge screen courtside, playing adverts during the breaks between games to generate further income.

Thank god for Wimbledon...this kind of crap would never happen there.

R.Federer
05-29-2006, 02:49 AM
Roger just didn't want to play on Sunday, for his own selfish reasons, plain and simple. The tournament wanted to open with the two world #1s back to back. Sounds pretty logical to me

Seems like the tournament organizers also wanted Roger to play on Sunday for their own selfish reasons. Its not like they were doing this for charity. Neither is illogical, both are looking out for their own interests and Roger is not the only one being selfish

buddyholly
05-29-2006, 03:12 AM
They say it is to make money for the organisers, but they don't mention that first prize is over a million bucks for two weeks work with lots of free time. At those wages they should be willing to play at 4am if asked.

buddyholly
05-29-2006, 03:14 AM
Thank god for Wimbledon...this kind of crap would never happen there.

Only because it already fleeces the public outrageously.

soraya
05-29-2006, 03:34 AM
:lol: It reminds me of that old game "telephone" Where one person starts a phrase but what comes out at the other end is so vastly different. So the media puts their spin on it, and then readers put their spin on it and then MTF's put their spin on it and then it is actual fact;)

mandoura
05-29-2006, 04:18 AM
It reminds me of that old game "telephone" Where one person starts a phrase but what comes out at the other end is so vastly different. So the media puts their spin on it, and then readers put their spin on it and then MTF's put their spin on it and then it is actual fact;)

Yes. :lol:

RonE
05-29-2006, 05:00 AM
Congratulations Roland Garros. You are well on your way to becoming the new U.S. Open clone :worship:

Action Jackson
05-29-2006, 05:07 AM
Well done guys and if they truly cared about the fans then the ticket prices would be lower

As Fed said at least he can go home to Switzerland for a few days and come back for his second round match.

DrJules
05-29-2006, 08:27 AM
Did any players prefer a Sunday start. They all seem happy with Monday start.

nobama
05-29-2006, 08:46 AM
Well done guys and if they truly cared about the fans then the ticket prices would be lower

As Fed said at least he can go home to Switzerland for a few days and come back for his second round match.And one reporter in his press conference actually thought he was serious. :lol:

Action Jackson
05-29-2006, 08:52 AM
And one reporter in his press conference actually thought he was serious. :lol:

Come on Roger was very serious.

nobama
05-29-2006, 09:03 AM
They say it is to make money for the organisers, but they don't mention that first prize is over a million bucks for two weeks work with lots of free time. At those wages they should be willing to play at 4am if asked.When it comes to the world of sports tennis players are hardly overpaid. Tiger Woods can finish 3rd or 4th at a non-slam PGA event and earn more than an ATP player does at a non-masters/slam event. First prize at non-slam PGA events are usually $400K to $500K higher then what the winner at an ATP Master Series gets.

almouchie
05-29-2006, 09:45 AM
there is always some conflict as far as the players & the organizers of the grand slams
they do things their way without listening or even discussing matters with the players even the top ones
as for this sunday start, i was glad coz it meant i got to watch a bit of tennis since its a sunday & i dont have work.
but why the 2 day wait for these players to play their 2nd r match.
as this year forecast , Paris is expecting quite some rain & might delay the scheduling

MariaV
05-29-2006, 10:13 AM
At the AO this year, Roger played two night matches, after which he requested to play the rest of his matches at night so he could keep to the routine (looking ahead also of course to a possible night time final). They granted his request. He then complained after the tournament of having to play all his matches at night. Almost all the post-final articles feature something like Roger being 'forced' to play at night.


:confused: Did he really request the night matches at the AO?

nobama
05-29-2006, 12:38 PM
:confused: Did he really request the night matches at the AO?I wondered the same thing because I thought he said he's not a big fan of playing at night. But maybe he said that afte the US Open...he had a lot of night matches then too.

Leo
05-29-2006, 01:41 PM
The Sunday start was an awful idea. Yesterday had to be the most boring day in Grand Slam history. Let's start again on Mondays, thanks.

MariaV
05-29-2006, 01:41 PM
Yeah mirkaland, I was wondering too how much he really likes playing the night matches but I'm not the Federer expert so I thought I might have gotten something wrong.

Velvetcat
05-29-2006, 02:14 PM
:confused: Did he really request the night matches at the AO?
His third & fourth round matches were scheduled at night. As there were two more matches, followed by a night final (should he make it), obviously, the ideal schedule of play for him would be to continue the routine you've just started to get in to. It's logical, so there shouldn't be any surprise... Even though Roger tends not to prefer the night matches. Again, it's more about routine than anything, and not having to adjust to (in this case drastically) different conditions.

buddyholly
05-29-2006, 11:51 PM
As Fed said at least he can go home to Switzerland for a few days and come back for his second round match.

Why anyone would not be pleased at getting to spend more time in Paris is beyond me.

nobama
05-30-2006, 12:43 AM
His third & fourth round matches were scheduled at night. As there were two more matches, followed by a night final (should he make it), obviously, the ideal schedule of play for him would be to continue the routine you've just started to get in to. It's logical, so there shouldn't be any surprise... Even though Roger tends not to prefer the night matches. Again, it's more about routine than anything, and not having to adjust to (in this case drastically) different conditions.Ok but you didn't confirm if he actually requested to continue playing at night or if they just chose to schedule it that way because they felt it made sense. :shrug:

nobama
05-30-2006, 12:43 AM
Why anyone would not be pleased at getting to spend more time in Paris is beyond me.It was a joke.