Daniil Medvedev believes delaying Roland Garros by a week is ‘ridiculous’ and worries about the implications for the grass season.
Medvedev, who leap-frogged Rafael Nadal to the world number two spot last month, was speaking to press ahead of the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he is seeded second behind Novak Djokovic.
The Russian says that a one week delay won’t make any difference to the overall COVID situation so he doesn’t really see the point.
“I must say it’s a bit ridiculous. But not on the part of the French Federation or the government, it’s just the general situation.
“When you look at that way, it gives you the feeling that if you postpone by one week, the COVID will disappear in one week.”
Medvedev, does however think that as a player who still has a lot to prove on clay, the extra week might help his preparations.
“As a player anyway, I prefer that because it will give me an extra week to prepare.
“I’m going to try to use the two weeks after Rome to really prepare well and have a good trip there.”
One downside to the delay means that the gap between Roland Garros and Wimbledon is now only two weeks instead of three with many of the grass warm-up events now at risk.
Medvedev worries that a good-run at Roland Garros will cause problems for players hoping to make an impact at the All England Club.
“We’ll see what they’re going to do for the grass court season,” says Medvedev.
“I’m not talking about me, but a player who is going to the quarterfinals in the French Open will be in a bad situation for the grass court season.
“In that case he will only be able to play Wimbledon. It’s never easy to play only one tournament in the grass court season.”
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