In his first match in over two months since a left wrist injury. the scorelines were good for Rafael Nadal yesterday at the Rio Olympics winning both singles and doubles relatively easily. But his review of the courts were not so good.
Speaking about Court 1, Nadal had issues with the sight lines.
“There is a sign, where they show the results, that’s too centred. When someone hits the ball from that part of the court, you completely lose sight of the ball,” Nadal said.
“That shiny blue behind the player makes you unable to see the ball. Speaking clearly, that was badly planned.
“I couldn’t hit an open serve because I couldn’t see the ball coming. I lost sight of it. You can’t play like that. It’s not a matter of the facility being better or worse, but it’s something that directly affects the game.
“The screen was in the middle of the arena and when my opponent hit the ball in this region, I couldn’t see it.
“It’s something that needs to be fixed. You can’t play losing track of the ball. You can’t play like that.
“The low intensity light is a bad idea. The International Tennis Federation should forget it.”
Nadal also admitted his wrist is still not 100%. But he’ll keep playing.
“If there was not Olympic Games here I would not be competing,” Nadal said. “The wrist need a little more time to be 100% recovered. It’s only one chance every four years and is something unforgettable. I missed London so I didn’t want to miss this one. I am enjoying a lot, I am happy, I am doing the best thing I can do every single moment to be ready for the action and today was a great feeling on court.”
Nadal is in doubles tonight with Marc Lopez against Jan Martin del Potro. And he returns in singles tomorrow to take on Andreas Seppi.
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