Rafa Nadal is not happy with the surfaces at Roland Garros this year, saying they do not have the grip they had in previous years.
Nadal faces Guido Pella on Thursday as his challenge for an 11th Roland Garros title goes on.
The ‘King of Clay’ is not as comfortable on the dirt as he usually is though.
In his opening match against Simone Bolelli he was often motioning angrily at the ground.
He has now voiced is frustrations.
“The court is more slippery than usual, and actually, I slid a lot when I started off or when I moved to another side, and it was quite complicated. There are no excuses. This is what I felt,” Nadal said.
“If you look at the images on television, you can see that there are many more greyer zones or whiter zones than other years, because there are little pebbles underneath, and that’s why you don’t have the proper grip on the court.”
Nadal’s view has been shared by other players such as Naomi Osaka and David Goffin.
It will be interesting to see if this affects his bid for more glory in the French capital.
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