Daniil Medvedev: The Conditions Are Slow So Expect More Injuries At Roland Garros

by Staff | May 26th, 2023, 11:16 pm
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Daniil Medvedev revealed today during media day that the courts and balls at the French Open are playing much slower and heavier than last year, so arm and shoulder injuries could be on the upswing this year.

“I cannot say 100% if it’s the balls, the surface, maybe that it’s a little bit better,” Medvedev said Friday. “But from what I heard from all the players, everybody agrees that it’s, let’s call it slower this year, and the balls get big.

“The only bad thing about this, it’s because it’s very tough for the shoulder and elbow. A lot of players suffered with this after Australia, from what I heard. It was the same. So that’s the only kind of bad thing, because then in tennis, well, you have to adapt. That’s the thing.”

This year, thanks to an incredible run to his first clay title in Rome, Medvedev is actually among the contenders to go deep at the French Open.

“I also don’t want to put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “But what happened in Rome was amazing, especially beating a lot of good players.

“That’s amazing feeling, and I’m for sure maybe have more expectation than I usually had in Roland Garros. But I know that it’s also tricky and you have to kind of use this confidence, but not get cocky, if we can say, because that’s where the danger is. Sometimes you think, ‘Oh, well, I played so well, now it’s going to be easy.’ Then the first round you have problems. You can get angry and maybe lose the match.”

The Russian world No. 2 will take on the court on Tuesday taking on qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild of Brazil.

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