Former seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe thinks it is a “joke” that Rafael Nadal is not getting penalized for obviously violating the shot clock rule over and over again.
At the Australian Open, Denis Shapovalov completely lost his cool during his match versus Nadal as he thought the Spaniard was receiving a preferential treatment.
On Tuesday night in Paris, McEnroe did commentary of the Nadal and Novak Djokovic for Eurosport.
The shot clock was repeteadly hitting the zero and McEnroe wondered what’s the point of the rule if you are not going to penalize those who break it.
“He should be penalised,” McEnroe said on Eurosport, via Tennis365. “If you are going to do it, do it, otherwise don’t bother. It is like humouring everyone. It’s a joke! He takes a look at the clock again – one. He’s edging it, isn’t he? Shouldn’t they have it at 15 seconds on the second serve? 10? Something? Or don’t bother. It’s like, you can take as much time as you want on the second serve. How long is this game? 12 minutes? Jeez.”
McEnroe on Nadal getting a warning
Nadal did eventually get a warning for breaking the shot clock rule and McEnroe reacted: “Now the umpire says it. Nadal ignores him.”
Meanwhile, McEnroe was unimpressed by Djokovic being booed while making his entrance on the court for the NaDAL MATCH.
“No other player has had to deal with more adversity [than Novak],” McEnroe said on Eurosport. “It is unfair, I’ve got to say that. This guy has turned lemons into lemonade more often than any player in the history of tennis, and if you don’t think it bothers him, you’re nuts! He is so mentally tough that he can deal with this and somehow channel that anger and frustration over what he feels is a lack of respect – and I feel it is too!”