Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget has responded to the comments Daniil Medvedev made about the speed of the courts at Bercy. Forget explained there is no reason for the courts to be slower compared to previous years but listed a few possible factors that might led to Medvedev thinking the court was slow.
"This subject matters for me. Four years ago, I pioneered an acceleration of the court. The courts had became too slow in Paris. I remember a chat about this with Roger (Federer). We had to go faster," Forget said, per Tennis Majors.
"So I discretely asked Janvier Sanchez to accelerate the court. It was much faster, the HawkEye confirmed. Some players noticed, even if I asked Javier to keep silent. After that, London asked to have the same speed for the ATP Finals.
"From this point, we kept the same composition, the same wooden ground support, the same resin, the same silica ; silica being the sand which allows the surface to be abrasive and more or less quick "What I can say is that the Centre Court is set two days after courts 1 and 2.
And every new day of competition leads to a 1 percent acceleration, so you have a gap between these courts. Also, the Centre Court is much bigger so the ball doesn’t fly the same way."
Forget respects Medvedev's opinion
"Another thing is that the ball has a big influence on the speed of the game.
In Vienna and Saint-Petersburg, one of the tournaments used faster balls, so the players could feel a difference," Forget continued. "Concerning the ball, we know also that the rubber of tennis balls might have changed in the last few months because of some shortage of raw materials worldwide.
Some players tell me the balls aren’t the same compared to six months ago, "With Medvedev and others, we talk about players who are highly-sensitive to any change, who’d like to master every parameter in the competition.
So some say it’s slower, others say it’s faster, others like Novak say that the ball goes fast if you smash it well. "When Medvedev speaks, you hear it louder of course. But I think that he if he 'suffers' the slowness of the court in final in the same way he suffered in his brilliant semi-final against Zverev, he’ll know that at the end of the day, he can cope with it." Medvedev ended runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Paris final.