The slutty session of Roland Garros

It is not the first time that it happens in a tournament, not even in a Grand Slam, but it does in Paris, where the days were turned off with the light.

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Rafa Nadal has added another record to his extensive record of records, although this time much more thankless and of doubtful prestige. Nadal won the latest match in Roland Garros history. It happened on Tuesday, although it would be more correct to point out that he beat it on Wednesday, because he started playing after half past ten at night and ended around one thirty in the morning. And thank goodness that the clash was resolved in three sets, despite the fierce opposition in the first two sets from Jack Sinner, that 19-year-old Italian with future number one traces. If the crossing had lasted five hours, as happened that same day, without going any further, with the Schwartzman-Thiem, the litigation would have caressed four in the morning. Nonsense.

It is not the first time that it has happened in a tournament, not even in a Grand Slam, but it does in Paris, where the days were turned off with the light. The premiere of the covered and illuminated Chatrier, which corrects postponements due to rain, has created a new problem with the unnecessary expansion of activity. That the five-game schedule could exceed midnight was pretty obvious, as Nadal himself pointed out. It remains surprising how badly tennis organizers misjudge their own sport and the dirty sessions they frequently cause. Only Wimbledon puts a time limit, with which it prevents late nights, but extends the games by two days. To the problem of nighttime we must add the cold, which Rafa complained bitterly about. The shocks of the pandemic and the forced October dates justify it in part, and even the players assume it with some resignation, but not totally. The night is colder than the day. And it can be avoided, in the short term, with better programming, and, in the long run, with a solution that limits the duration of the matches. You can't be playing forever.



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