Rafael Nadal confirmed a report from a week ago detailing the Spaniard’s request to the ATP that Carlos Bernardes be banned from chair umpiring Rafael Nadal’s matches in the future.
Nadal was upset with Bernardes’s strict adherence to the time rule during the Rio tournament in February. And his complaint reportedly worked. Bernardes will no longer chair Nadal’s matches.
After his win today over French wildcard Quentin Halys, Nadal talked about the situation.
“It was my request,” Nadal said. “I asked if it’s possible, but nothing personal against him 100%. I respect him like umpire, I respect him like person, and I consider him a good person more than that.
“I would love to have Bernardes on the court again. Will happen, but, you know, I think for both of us it is better to have a break, you know. We had some problems. For me he was not enough respectful with me in Rio de Janeiro.”
Nadal took offense with Bernardes putting the clock on him for having to change his shorts when he accidently put them on the wrong way during the quarterfinals.
“I think is, you know, shows not respect, because I cannot play a full game with the shorts the other way. So it’s better. It’s better to be away for a while. That’s all. No personal problem with him, no? Seriously, I’m not saying that because I am in front of you. I respect him, I like him, but he was not right. And I believe that is for relationship and everything is better to be away for a bit.”
The ATP hasn’t confirmed that Bernardes has been taken off Nadal’s matches.
Nadal was broken once today in his win over the 18-year-old Halys for his 36th straight victory at the French Open. On Tuesday he’ll test countryman Nicolas Almagro.
“Obviously is not a good round, but it is what there is,” Nadal said of playing either Almagro or Dolgopolov. “I gonna try to play well and try to have a chance to win.”
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