Milos Raonic unhappy with Roland Garros delay, saying: ‘This greatly impacts the players’

Milos Raonic believes Roland Garros officials have been unfair to the players by not letting them know about the postponement in advance.

A third wave of COVID has forced a fresh lockdown in France, prompting French Open organisers to delay the start of the tournament by a week.

The move was backed by all three of the other Slams, who confirmed the decision was taken in consultation with them. Both the ATP and WTA also released a statement supporting the Roland Garros delay.

Raonic, though, says the players have been taken by surprise and kept out of the loop, which is not fair given it is their schedules that will have to now change.

“Crazy to learn about this from Twitter,” Raonic said. “This greatly impacts the players and we’re given no heads-up.

“Even some communication shortly before the rest of the world would be nice.”

On Thursday, in response to the announcement of the postponement, the four Grand Slams presented a united front.

“This decision has been discussed with the Grand Slam Board, and, given the exceptional circumstances, is fully supported by the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open,” a joint statement read.

“All four Grand Slam tournaments are united in their view on the importance of a meaningful build-up to every Grand Slam, to provide players of all competitive levels with appropriate opportunities to practice, prepare and compete on the relevant surface.

“It was for this reason that the Grand Slams, together with the Tours, were supportive of changes to the calendar to create an enhanced grass court season of three weeks between Roland-Garros and The Championships from 2015 onwards.

“It is widely agreed that this change has been very successfully received.”

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