Friday, 27 May 2011

French Open Riots – All they need is Lights

Scheduling headaches nearly cause riots at the French Open, but all this could easily be solved if they put lights on the main courts. 

It was a massive problem for French Open organisers as they had to accommodate Federer, Djokovic, Del Potro and two top Frenchies, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the main courts.  Due to Tsonga’s five setter with Stan Wawrinka, it meant Novak Djokovic’s much anticipated match-up with Juan Martin Del Potro was moved onto the other main court.  This change caused crowds to get a little bit angry; when they had paid probably a fortune to hopefully see the two Grand Slam winners battle it out on the main court Philippe Chatrier.

I think I would have been a bit pissed off myself if I had paid the large sums of money it probably costs to get a centre court ticket, and then they move the main event to another court.  But what could the organisers do under the circumstances, they had to play the top Frenchies on the main courts, and of course they have to accommodate the tedious women matches.  The problem is as always the women’s matches, I know it sounds really sexiest and I’m sorry to say this, but when it comes to tennis I just feel women’s tennis should take a back seat.  People pay the large sums of money to see the men play, the women is like a warm up band and nothing else these days, and if you look at the women’s matches on the main courts today, that is how it played out.  Can you imagine paying a fortune to see the Rolling Stones only to have them move over to another venue and you only got to see the Roly Poly’s.

As they have just said on, Game, Set and Mats, the men had 19 Grand Slams between them and the women had none.  The men had the greatest player ever Roger Federer, they had Mr Invincible, Novak Djokovic who has not been beaten and he was playing the only guy to ever beat Federer and Nadal in the same slam.  Whatever the situation they were the two main matches, then they had to the French stars Tsonga a crowd favourite and the recently rejuvenated Gasquet, it was never going to be easy.

Tomorrow if I was in charge I would move one of the women’s matches to a lesser court, so they can accommodate the end of the fascinating match between Djoks and Delpo, but they won’t and they may end up with another headache at the end of Super Saturday (tomorrow is going to be a great day for sport).

As far as the match between Delpo and Djoks, wow what a game so far, pity it couldn’t be finished tonight.  The hitting was incredible, Delpo can win the match and Djoks knows it.  It will be interesting to see what happens when they come on court tomorrow.

Federer also looked very good he seems to like the new balls and it is all starting to get very interesting for week two in the French Open.

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