The novelties of Roland Garros: ceiling, less favorable balls, Nadal's game ...

The Grand Slam on clay will show numerous changes in the venue and also in other facets due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Tennis fans are getting ready for the great event on the clay calendar, Roland Garros, which will bring together again the great rackets of men's and women's tennis to fight for the title on Parisian clay.

However, this edition of Roland Garros will be marked by numerous important changes, since in addition to the modifications that affect the competition, the novelties that the organization has made in the venue also stand out. Next we review the news of Roland Garros 2020.

The dates: Roland Garros, in September

The coronavirus pandemic made the Roland Garros organization consider a change of dates due to the impossibility of holding the tournament in May, which finally happened. For this reason in mid-March it was decided to postpone the tournament to September unilaterally, in a measure that was finally accepted by both the ATP, the WTA and the ITF. In this way, the tournament, which was scheduled from May 24 to June 7, will be played from September 27 to October 11.Public limit in the stands

The fact of playing with the public has been one of the great demands of the organization for Roland Garros to be held in 2020. Finally there will be an audience on the three major courts of the Parisian venue. Up to 5,000 people can attend the Philippe Chatrier and the Suzanne Lenglen, while the Simonne Mathieu track can accommodate up to 1,500 spectators.

Balls with fewer effects

Roland Garros will also show changes in another of the important elements of the matches: the balls. This year, the tournament does not continue its contract with Babolat (the brand that sponsors the Spanish with rackets and equipment) and changes to Wilson balls. In the opinion of specialists, these balls bounce less than Babolat after the boat and hinder the top-spin effect that Nadal prints on his balls and that makes them reach higher, hindering the rest of his rivals. This, together with the lower temperature conditions, can harm tennis players who play more topspin, such as the Spanish.

"I think playing cold and sometimes at night will give more hope to the players who face Rafa. They know that the ball is not going to bounce two meters when he hits it with the drive, but a meter and a half. That is good for the reverse of Thiem, Djokovic and many others, because they will have the possibility of hitting the ball below the shoulders. Nadal's shipments with such height and spin will not reach them, "Mats Wilander analyzed in an interview with AS.

The roof of the Philippe Chatrier

In case the rain makes an appearance at Roland Garros, the Philippe Chatrier center court could show off its new retractable roof, which ended the major renovation of the facilities that Roland Garros has carried out in the last years in the enclosure. In this way, Roland Garros is no longer the only Grand Slam that, to date, did not have any indoor courts, something that the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open did have.Matches under the spotlights

Among the many renovations at Roland Garros, the installation of artificial lights on several of the venue's tracks also stands out. In this way, many games can be concluded on the same day (weather permitting) instead of having to be postponed to the next day due to lack of light.

The temperatures, the great threat of Nadal

The postponement of Roland Garros to September could also complicate the dynamics of the game for tennis players like Rafa Nadal, used to playing on clay in hot conditions. Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, Nadal's two great rivals in Paris in the absence of Federer, have already warned of the danger that the temperatures in Paris could pose for Nadal, while also presenting them as an opportunity to seize for both tennis playersAdapting to clay after the US Open

Many of the tennis players who compete at Roland Garros will do so without having played a clay court tournament in the week before the tournament, which could reflect a lack of form on clay. While Nadal and Djokovic played at the 1000 Masters in Rome, other tennis players such as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will arrive in Paris without having competed on clay in their attempt to regain strength after the US Open. Other tennis players such as Daniil Medvedev or Roberto Bautista have hurried their preparation in competition during this week in the Hamburg Tournament.

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