Speaking to the press yesterday at the ATP World Tour Finals, Rafael Nadal took aim at the London event suggesting the players and fans would be better served if the the tournament rotated surfaces rather than just stay hardcourts.
The Finals have been played indoors on hardcourts in London since the outdoor event in Houston 10 years ago. And in it’s 44-year history, only once has it been played on a soft surface (1974 Melbourne – grass).
“I know it’s not going to happen for my generation,” Nadal told CNN.
“I’m talking for the future generations, something that will be a little bit fairer for the players. And I think for the fans it will be interesting to change the surface every year to the surfaces we qualified on for the (World Tour Finals).
“A good player has a chance to qualify for the (World Tour Finals) four or five times in his career, so if during this four years you have a different surface every year, a minimum one time he will have the chance to play on his favorite surface.”
Roger Federer, however, disagrees.
“I believe it should be indoor and hard,” Federer told CNN Sunday. “I know there’s an argument to have it on clay, on grass, to have it outdoors — and I did play outdoors in Houston.
“I just feel indoors doesn’t have enough play. The indoor season is small. I believe indoors deserves a huge event, which this one is.”
Fighting bad knees, Nadal has long been outspoken against the proliferation of hardcourt events on the circuit. The World No. 1 has never won the ATP World Tour Finals and of his 60 over titles, just two have come indoors.
Nadal won today avenging a Paris loss to David Ferrer. If he beats Stanislas Wawrinka tomorrow he’ll clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking.
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