Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem has blasted the Rome Masters over their scheduling. Thiem, seeded at No. 5, suffered a surprise loss in his Rome to Fernando Verdasco 4-6 6-4 7-5. The Austrian and the Spaniard were scheduled to play on Wednesday but played their match on Thursday morning as the rain delayed the whole Wednesday schedule.
The Rome organizers waited until the last moment to cancel the whole day as the players waited for the updates. "Yeah, I mean, one thing is I lost today. The second thing which comes along with that is I really dislike how we players get treated at this tournament because yesterday was in my opinion, not acceptable," Thiem said post-match.
"Every single guy knew that it was going to rain the whole day, and they hold us here until 7:00, 7:30. They also know since, I don't know how long, that there's going to be the football match yesterday night.
The ride back from here to the hotel took like one and a half hours." "I mean, I was having dinner. I couldn't even have treatment, otherwise, I wouldn't get enough sleep. Then they schedule me at 10:00 today.
I don't think that's acceptable. "Then there are also few other things. I mean, I'm coming Sunday midnight from Madrid. I have to do (on) Monday so many things for the tournament. Ahead of that, I don't even get more than one hour of practice court alone.
"There are many things which aren't acceptable. Of course, it's one of the reasons why I lost today. I'm quite pissed about it. I don't really think about the match itself now."