French world No. 59 Jeremy Chardy thinks doubles is an important part of tennis and he has some nice memories from playing the competition. Marion Bartoli, a former Wimbledon champion, sparked the recent conversation regarding doubles when she suggested that there should be less doubles events and that some money could be diverted from doubles to singles.
"I don't understand why doubles players get screwed," Chardy told L'Equipe. "In the US, they love double. And these people love watching the doubles! I remember a doubles at Indian Wells that I played alongside (Milos) Raonic, against (Fabio) Fognini and (Novak) Djokovic.
The court was full to the brim."
Jérémy Chardy: "I don't understand why double players get screwed" (Bartoli mention)
"In the US, they love double. And these people love watching the doubles!
I remember a double at IW that I played alongside Raonic, against Fognini and Djokovic. The court was full to the brim... — C Kristjánsdóttir ●🐊 (@CristinaNcl) June 4, 2020
Jeremy Chardy not a fan of Bartoli's comments
"I know I'm not going to make myself friends but I think we have to say it: I don't understand all these doubles competitions all year round," Bartoli told Tennis Majors.
"I understand during Grand Slams and the Olympics because doubles is part of tennis history (but) I've been to some tournaments now with my player and I see now, these (doubles) players, they have crews, like six people around them.
When I was a player, as a singles player, we couldn't afford to pay six people to travel with us full-time. They can afford to pay six people and they just play doubles! "Why don't you get some of that money to qualifiers, to someone who plays only Challengers? I just don't understand because in doubles, you just don't make the same effort as a singles player.
You don't practice as much....they keep going, week in and week out, getting that money. I don't know if we have to stop doubles completely, but to get less money and give that money to qualification and others, that should be a solution."
Reacting to Bartoli's comments, Chardy said: "What she said annoys me a little. I don't judge what she said. It's easy to judge. Maybe the doubles aren't strong enough in singles but they are strong enough to do what they do and they are going to support their families.
It's ugly to criticize them like that. She talks about giving the money back to the lower-ranked singles players. But does a doubles world No. 1 or doubles world No. 5 do its job less well than singles world No. 200? It's a question.
I don't know."
Jeremy Chardy has won a total of seven doubles titles on the Tour level over the course of his career.