Last Friday, former world number one Rafael Nadal had a practice session with Filip Krajinovic on a covered Philippe Chatrier as the rain was hitting hard outside the stadium, and one of the few spectators watching the friendly exchange of shots was Simona Halep’s coach, Darren Cahill.
Cahill shared his thoughts on the former world number one and confirmed to be very impressed by the Spaniard’s incredible tenacity.
“Raining in Paris and caught my first look at the new roof on Center Court. Natural air flowing through and nice sound. Very impressive. Not as impressive as the dude down the far end,” Cahill tweeted.
Raining in Paris and caught my first look at the new roof on Center Court.
Will Rafael Nadal triumph at French Open under “difficult conditions”?
The weather conditions will be more humid and quite peculiar for the French Open, which is usually played in the midst of summer, so the situation is more challenging for Rafael Nadal, or at least this is what top coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes.
It still remains to be seen whether this would be a key factor or not and how it will affect the chase of the Roland Garros title for the Spanish player. Nadal seems to be not too much affected by it but the next two weeks will tell the truth.
"I think this year we are going to have a lot of surprises. The preparation of the players is completely different. The weather conditions make this tournament a different tournament entirely, and we have two players that are at the top of their games in Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic," Patrick Mouratoglou said to the Tennis Majors website.
“The temperature will be lower, it’s going to be more humid, so the balls will be less lively than usual. For Rafael Nadal’s topspin, it’s also going to be more challenging. One of the reasons that he is the ultimate clay-court player is because of the quality of his topspin, which is so difficult to control," Mouratoglou said.
"It’s difficult to control because it’s explosive, and the ball is so explosive because the courts are fast. I think the conditions in Roland Garros this year are not the best conditions for Rafael Nadal. These are difficult conditions for players who have a great quality of topspin and play very aggressive tennis because the conditions clearly will be much slower," Patrick Mouratoglou added.