Roger Federer asked to play first round on Sunday, says French Open chief

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Roger Federer asked to play first round on Sunday, says French Open chief

The French Open Tournament Director Guy Forget commented on how the event schedule works. Players always make requests about which time and which court to play on. "When I played, we were given our programming and that's enough", said Forget.

"it does not matter if we start at eleven o'clock or finish the night. Today, you can not imagine the number of requests we receive. 'I would like to play second on Chatrier, third on Lenglen, especially not the first match’.

Our policy is to make the players feel good. The other side of the coin is that when you are in the exchange, you easily get into the excess." “Federer preferred to play his first round on Sunday, Djokovic wanted to start Monday.

Nicolas Mahut expressed the desire to be the first man to walk on the new court Simonne-Mathieu. Gael Monfils wanted to enter the tournament late on Tuesday, against Taro Daniel. We must also deal with the imperatives of broadcasters, who prefer to have flagship games in the late afternoon to ensure better audiences.

There’s also a slight rotation of the headliners. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic will play one or two games on the Lenglen during the fortnight. Start around the same time potential opponents. In short, never lose sight of sports equity”.

In an interview to L'Equipe the French Open Tournament Director Guy Forget said that the Parisean Grand Slam event does not plan to introduce a fifth set tie-break like Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open did. "I find it a pity that each Grand Slam has introduced a different rule.

But it's the ITF's responsibility that they have validated three different types of tiebreak at the US Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open. Our sport needs homogeneity. And to be understandable for the general public.

For the moment, we do not touch it. In fact, our debate is whether we want to be changing something, if it works. By definition, we want to say no. The tiebreak is still a little bit of a lottery", said Forget.