French Open begins as top players growl in cold weather

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The tournament’s 10th seed had a 2-1 lead over Montenegrin Danka Kovinic in the first round when she took matters into her own hands after light rain interrupted the game.

When a match official asked her to stay on the pitch while a decision was made on whether to continue play, the Belarusian tennis player said she would not continue to wait outside.

“I’m not going to sit here because I’m going to be frozen,” she told the supervisor.

After complaining that it was only 8 degrees Celsius (46.4 degrees Fahrenheit), the two-time Grand Slam winner said she lived in Florida and was “used to hot weather.”

“It’s ridiculous, it’s too cold. What’s the point? Sitting here like ducks, ”Azarenka added.When the game resumed 50 minutes later, the Belarusian quickly took control of the game, beating her opponent 6-1 6-2 in just over an hour. His victory was watched by just nine spectators, according to Reuters.

Speaking about the interruption, Azarenka said: “I think it’s very difficult at the moment to have these conditions. So I’m definitely not going to stay here and complain, but sometimes I think there are smarter ways to deal with situations. ”

In the men’s draw, Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who hopes to win his 13th Roland Garros title, also stressed that conditions are different this year, after the clay tournament was delayed from May to the end of September in due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The ball is super slow, heavy. It is very cold. Slow conditions, ”Nadal said.

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The Spaniard also said he had “always” been “beatable” on clay, commenting that Novak Djokovic had defeated him “several times” on the surface.

Nadal’s opener against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov is scheduled for Monday.

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