Gilles Simon on Tokyo Olympics: We are asked to play in robot mode

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Gilles Simon on Tokyo Olympics: We are asked to play in robot mode

French tennis player Gilles Simon was also one of the players that hit out at the Tokyo Olympics organizers for scheduling tennis matches at the event so early. The first day of the tennis event at the Olympics was marked by the extreme heat and humidity and players weren't happy that the day started at 11 am.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Daniil Medvedev were also in action in Day 1 and both called out for scheduling changes going forward. "I don't know who is behind this rule, but I would love to bring him to the field," Simon said, per Tennis Actu.

Simon lost his Olympic opener

On Saturday, SImon lost to Egor Gerasimov. "We are asked to play in robot mode when we are alone and have no help," Simon added. "The recovery time at changeovers is unacceptable.

We had it for the first time in Australia. It must have been a Grand Slam committee that decided it. I imagine they've never played tennis." Medvedev also suggested matches should start at a later time. Medvedev made a positive start to his first Olympic campaign, having beaten Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik 6-4 7-6 (8).

“I think, like they do in Mexico, the matches should maybe start at like 6pm because the heat actually gets much lighter,” said Medvedev, as quoted on Fox Sports Australia. “We’re here and we know the matches will be early and you couldn’t practise at this time.

I don’t think they’re going to change it in the middle of the tournament, but that’s what can be done and the fact we have only one minute between changeovers is a joke. “I think if you ask 200 tennis players here, I think 195 will say one minute is a joke and it should be 1:30 like it is in Asian tournaments”.