Retired Swiss tennis star Marc Rosset says he wonders if Spain's Rafael Nadal will consider dropping the US Open Grand Slam tournament from his schedule and prioritise the Roland Garros Grand Slam, which he has won 12 times in his career - after organizers of the French Open delayed the clay court Grand Slam to September in a move that caused a lot of heartburn for the players.
With the new dates of the French Open, there is only a one week gap between the US Open and the French Open but the USTA has said that as of now the tournament remains on schedule, it will keep reviewing the situation closer to time and any changes would be made only after consultation with the tours and other relevant tennis bodies.
Speaking on Swiss radio on Thursday, Rosset says, "The case is exceptional but we realize that there is a kind of squabble, of non-communication. Each defends its own interests. Certainly, there are financial interests for the four tournaments of the Grand Slam, but it is a bit of a shame that there was no consultation.
We can wonder if a player like Rafael Nadal will remove the US Open from his calendar and focus on clay. Roland-Garros is a tournament that is close to his heart " 49 year old Rosset is best known for winning the men's singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games.
He also won one Grand Slam doubles title at the French Open in 1992 partnering compatriot Jakob Hlasek. He won 15 singles and 8 doubles titles in his career and reached the Top 10 in both singles & doubles in his career.