French Open ‘preferred Amazon to people’


Medvedev had by no means received on the French Open earlier than this yr’s match

Russian second seed Daniil Medvedev says French Open organisers “most popular Amazon to individuals” by placing his quarter-final in opposition to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas on at evening with out followers.

Medvedev, 25, misplaced in straight units in a match performed behind closed doorways due to France’s coronavirus curfew.

Requested if he was disenchanted there have been no followers, Medvedev stated: “Sure, 100%.

“Our match was undoubtedly the match of the day, so Roland Garros most popular Amazon to individuals. It is easy as that.”

This yr’s French Open has featured the introduction of evening periods, with one match picked to begin at 9pm native time (20:00 BST) and broadcast completely in France on Amazon Prime.

Match director Man Neglect stated final week that organisers had “dedicated” to placing the match of the day on this slot.

The choice to select solely two girls’s matches for this slot has additionally drawn criticism.

“When it comes to sporting equity, we want every of the highest gamers to have the ability to play sooner or later in a night session with empty stands. I’ve already knowledgeable a few of these gamers,” Neglect added on Wednesday.

Medvedev additionally performed his second-round match in opposition to American Tommy Paul within the evening session on Court docket Philippe Chatrier, however believes match organisers acquired it fallacious with the scheduling of his quarter-final in opposition to Tsitsipas.

He likened the choice to an episode of Drive To Survive, a behind-the-scenes documentary movie about Components One.

“It is really humorous as a result of simply yesterday I began the third season and I feel the primary or second episode known as ‘Money Is King’,” stated Medvedev.

“When the pandemic began, they had been in Australia able to race and so they requested Lewis Hamilton what he thought of racing within the situations the world was in proper now.

“He stated ‘I do not know what we’re doing right here’. So that they requested him ‘Why do you assume they make you race?’ He stated ‘Money is King’.

“It was the identical right here.”

Regardless of his reservations concerning the choice, Medvedev added: “It is good when you’ve sponsors and the whole lot as a result of that is how we tennis gamers can generate profits.”

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