Rain and cold: the Roland Garros 2020 begins under a leaden and autumnal weather. The retractable roof on the Philippe Chatrier court was used immediately to create an autumnal weather that was decidedly uncomfortable for the players.
In the men's singles Jannik Sinner and John Isner reached the second round. Stan Wawrinka defeated Andy Murray in the most awaited match of the first round. In the women's singles Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka reached the second round.
Out the evergreen Venus Williams. On the score of 2-1 first set against Danka Kovinic, Victoria Azarenka refused to continue playing in the rain and walked off the pitch, resulting in the match being suspended. She said: "It's not about being unhappy with the situation, it's about having a little understanding.
During the warm-up it was drizzling, and when it drizzles for a couple of hours straight it gets a little heavy. My opponent slipped. in the third game, so I guess she didn't feel comfortable either. I thought I don't want to waste my time sitting here getting cold if the conditions aren't right.
The best and the worst from the Parisian Slam
Rafael Nadal also commented on the climatic conditions of the Parisian tournament: "The conditions are very very hard. It is so cold. It is an extreme situation to play an outdoor tournament.
For many reasons it will be Roland Garros more difficult for me. The balls are completely different. They are heavy, very slow. In general the conditions are slow. Of course, the preparation was shorter than usual. I am here to fight and play with the maximum intensity possible, train with the right attitude, give myself a Another chance to win the title.
This is my main goal. To be competitive on Monday and try it. Day after day. I know this place well, I know these fields well. You have to be patient, stay positive, and find the right feelings in every single match . " Novak Djokovic expressed his opinion on the medical rules to follow at Roland Garros: "I did a couple of tests in Rome, another before flying to Paris and two once I reached the tournament.
I was in quarantine, just like the others. players, until they told me the result. Am I worried? I don't know if the virus is still in my body or not. Right now I don't think about any of this. I tested negative for all tests after contracting the virus.
It is not 100% clear how the virus behaves, from a medical point of view there is a lot of confusion. Anyway, we have to follow the rules in France, which are very strict. I hope to finish the tournament without consequences. " Tomorrow on the court Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.