Eight time champion Rafael Nadal revealed yesterday in a pre-tournament presser that he’s not pleased with the conditions of the clay on the eve of the event.
“I only practiced one day,” Nadal said Friday. “I only practiced yesterday, and the center court was a little bit different. I think they make the court new, so it’s like the clay get a little bit more fixed. It was moving a little bit too much around and some small stone that makes the movement a little bit more difficult.
“But probably they will be ready for the tournament now. Remain a few days, and probably they can fix it. They are specialists, no?”
With rain expected in the forecast maybe that will help get the clay right. And Rafa won’t play until later Monday or more than likely on Tuesday against former US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri.
Rafa also said that despite his non Rafa-like spring, he’s in good form entering his favorite event of the year.
“Rome, Monte Carlo, Madrid, Barcelona is past now,” he said. “We are here in Roland Garros, and the only thing that matters now is have a good practice when I will be able to finish with the press. I will practice today, will practice tomorrow, good practice on Sunday, and try to be ready for the competition, no?
“The dynamic is positive, is true, so that’s always important for the confidence. I felt that in Rome I was able to play with not that nerves, that anxiety that I played in the first two tournaments and some moments in Madrid, too.
“So that’s always a positive thing, but now is very important tournament for me. At the end is another tournament, no? And just happy to be here in Roland Garros. Happy to fight for the challenge to play well again here.
“And I gonna try. That’s it. That’s the only thing that I can say. I gonna try.”
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