French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo defended the night sessions after both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic said their match started too late. At around 9:05 p.m. French time, Nadal and Djokovic began their quarterfinal match.
The game lasted just over four hours and ended after 1 in the morning. After the match, both Nadal and Djokovic said that the match started too late. "As far as I'm concerned, the night sessions at the stadium are definitely appropriate, because it was always packed to the brim every night," Mauresmo said, according to the BBC.
"There was real excitement. People could work during the day and still watch the game at night. I'm learning a lot about the tournament schedule. We'll actually have a feedback session on it at the end, but it's only 10 night games in total".
In the first 10 days, only one women's match was scheduled for the night session. Addressing the situation, Mauresmo basically said that male matches are more attractive. "In this time we find ourselves in - and as a woman, a former female player, I don't feel bad or unfair in saying this - the men's games have more appeal, in general," Mauresmo said.
Tennis commentator Annabel Croft noted that the match between Nadal and Djokovic was the easy choice for the evening session. "Would you honestly replace Nadal's match against Djokovic last night with a women's match?" Croft said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
"There's a natural demand and that's what it is. You can't force it."
Ivanisevic talks about Djokovic
Goran Ivanisevic, Novak Djokovic's coach, recently spoke about the Serb's loss in the French Open quarterfinals to Rafael Nadal.
“I cannot say that I am disappointed, but I am sad. It was not a perfect match from either side," Ivanisevic said. "Rafa did not play a spectacular match, but the body language decided, from the first point until the last: Rafa’s body language and Novak’s body language”.
Goran Ivanisevic bemoaned Novak Djokovic's "bad start" to the match and said the Serb lacked energy and belief that he could beat the Spaniard at his favorite Slam. “I warned him, I even told you guys (journalists) that the start of the match could be decisive, but again, a bad start… And then, after the turnaround in the second set, it is incomprehensible the way he played the third set.
It was like he lacked energy and like he did not believe sufficiently that he could win. You cannot allow that to yourself against Rafa, because this is his tournament,” Ivanisevic said.