Nadal backs away from court ‘sexism’ row
Rafael Nadal refused to get involved in what could have been a Wimbledon scheduling stoush after crushing Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on Monday for a quarter-final spot.
The 18-time Grand Slam winner would not be drawn out as to the logistics of his match being played on Centre Court while women’s top seed Ash Barty was scheduled on No. 2.
“They made a decision,” the third seed said.
“Honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty, even if Ashleigh Barty is the first player of the world and she already won in the French Open and she is playing unbelievably good.
“But we can’t create polemics every single day about decisions that they have to take. At the end of the day they have to make a decision.”
Nadal added: “Everybody is playing today, (Novak) Dokovic is not playing in the Centre Court.
“i played on Court No. 1 the first day, I played in Suzanne Lenglen in Roland Garros in the second round.”
Nadal said that schedulers at Grand Slam have a thankless task trying to please some of the players some of the time.
“Every day is a decision. We cannot create polemics about that. Today they probably decided to (morre) girls playing on the Centre Court.”
For her part, Barty, who exited 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Alison Riske in the fourth round a few hours earlier was unfazed by her own court assignment.
“Scheduling is out of my control. I’ll play on any court I’m scheduled on,” the Australian said.,
“Obviously scheduling is very difficult. There are so many incredible matches all the fans and all the people want to watch.
“For us, the tennis court is the same size. The surroundings change, yes.
“No matter what court you’re scheduled on, it shouldn’t matter how you approach the match or play. It certainly doesn’t for me.Court 2 is a beautiful court here, I enjoyed my time out there.“
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online