Rafael Nadal Complained About Chatrier, Now He’s Playing On Lenglen
by Tom Gainey | May 25th, 2014, 5:00 pm

Rafael Nadal voiced his displeasure over the condition of court Chatrier so what did the tournament do? They put the 8-time French Open champion’s first round match against Robby Ginepri on court Suzanne Lenglen.

Coincidence? Or did he request not to play on Chatrier?

Meanwhile, arch rival and second seed Novak Djokovic who’s never won the French Open, only playing in the finals once, was given a slot on Chatrier at about the same time.

Defending champion Serena Williams also played on Chatrier today.

More will be known after Nadal plays about playing on Lenglen! But the Nadal camp cannot be pleased.

Nadal played Martin Klizan last year on the same court in the second round.

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15 Comments for Rafael Nadal Complained About Chatrier, Now He’s Playing On Lenglen

Giles Says:

It matters not that he is playing on SL. PC has to be fixed, not sure that it has. The top players have to take it in turns to play on SL so does it really matter? It’s poor Ginepri that will miss out not playing on PC.
Vamos Champ!

skeezer Says:

Oh sure…needs to be fixed? Is that why Novak is now playing on it? Lol…

Giles Says:

Yeah, they want joker to test it first!

mat4 Says:

At RG, everybody plays once in a while on the Langlen. Rafa played there last year too.

Kimberly Says:

He is the 8 time champion. He should play on chartier. It’s insane! I can tell you having seen the response to rafa in Miami he is the most popular player, he should be on the center court. It’s ridiculous otherwise.

metan Says:

Rotating, everyone. What’s a big deal. Fair isn’t it!

harry Says:

@metan, yes, like Mat4 said it is fair — as usual, the fanatics are making a big deal out of it.

Michael Says:

Rafa’s exploits at Rolland Garros is nothing short of spine chilling performance. His career record at this venue is 54-1 which is phenomenal and mind boggling. It remains to be seen when his incredible streak is going to be broken as it is getting monotonous and boring to see the same winner lifting and biting the trophy. I hope Novak is the one who breaks Rafa’s winning streak and set his own personal land mark after Soderling. This time if Novak manages a victory, it would carry more value than Soderling as Rafa is fully fit than he was in 2009. It still a long way ahead to the finals. Let us hope we all get a Rafa Vs Novak final which must be the ultimate treat for any Tennis fan today.

roy Says:

it’s okay. davydenko was playing on C courts when he was top 5.

Michael Says:

Allow me to correct. It is not 54-1, it is 59-1.

Hippy Chic Says:

Im not really bothered where he plays,as long as he plays and wins,never been something ive ever had an issue with,im of the opinion PC or SL so what,dont care?

Hippy Chic Says:

Michael the pendulum will swing one way or the other for Rafa,he could even loose before the finals,the addage goes theres a 1st time for everything,just wondering how you would feel though,if Novak doesnt win the title either?

M Says:

I thought they pulled some shenanigans like this last year, didn’t they …?

Chaque année, c’est la même chose, non?


Okiegal Says:

Rafa just beat Ginepri…… Regarding Rafa’s game, he better start getting more first serves in.

He didn’t have any problems with Suzanne today…..he’s having a great time with the close
crowd, so it seems.

Vamos Rafa…..on to the second match!!

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