French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo defended the night sessions after both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic said their match started too late. At around 9:05 p.m. French time, Nadal and Djokovic began their quarterfinal match. The game lasted just over four hours and ended after 1 in the morning. After the match, both Nadal and Djokovic said that the match started too late. “As far as I’m concerned, the night sessions at the stadium are definitely appropriate, because it was always packed to the brim every night,” Mauresmo said, according to the BBC. “There was real excitement. People could work during the day and still watch the game at night. I’m learning a lot about the tournament schedule. We’ll actually have a feedback session on it at the end, but it’s only 10 night games in total”. In the first 10 days, only one women’s match was scheduled for the night session. Addressing the situation, Mauresmo basically said that male matches are more attractive. “In this time we find ourselves in – and as a woman, a former female player, I don’t feel bad or unfair in saying this – the men’s games have more appeal, in general,” Mauresmo said. Tennis commentator Annabel Croft noted that the match between Nadal and Djokovic was the easy choice for the evening session. “Would you honestly replace Nadal’s match against Djokovic last night with a women’s match?” Croft said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “There’s a natural demand and that’s what it is. You can’t force it.”
Djokovic is ranked No. 3 in the world
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has come under scrutiny for his vaccination stance from business tycoon and former World No. 19 Ion Tiriac. “He wants to be a personality, but he doesn’t have the charisma of McEnroe or Nastase,” Tiriac said. “So it’s a little more difficult. Without a doubt he is a great player and a great worker. But he’s not Nadal.” The Serb won the title at SW19 last year, beating Matteo Berrettini in the final, but will lose all of his 2000 points even if he wins the tournament this year. Djokovic will return to defend his crown at Wimbledon later this month. He has not played any event since his quarter-final exit at Roland Garros to Rafael Nadal. The 35-year old will need to maintain his level of consistency at SW19 to win a 21st Grand Slam title. Djokovic is ranked No. 3 in the world right now but will drop out of the top-5 after Wimbledon.