Feliciano López: “Roland Garros put his tournament on in September without knowing if it will be playable”

Feliciano López went by means of the microphones of El Larguero de la Cadena SER to speak in regards to the suspension of the ATP and WTA circuit till June 7 which straight impacts the Madrid Masters 1,000, a tournament of which he’s the director and which was scheduled from Might Three to 10.

López confirmed the cancellation of this version of the tournament as he couldn’t transfer to a different date on the calendar. “Sadly we’ve no margin to play the tournament, we wish to. It’s suspension however greater than something cancellation. We’re already trying to 2021, which is the yr of the 20th anniversary of the tournament. “The tennis participant additionally acknowledged that the tournament sponsors have understood the scenario and that the Madrid Open will not be in danger for the long run.” This doesn’t have an effect on the way forward for the tournament. We’ve been fortunate that the sponsors have completely understood the scenario the world is experiencing, as a result of that is one thing that’s not taking place solely in Madrid or in Spain, it is a worldwide factor. Nobody desires to put themselves in danger or have their title linked to an occasion in which there can be a number of infections. We’re very grateful for his response and we’re very excited enthusiastic about subsequent yr's tournament and with the ability to have a good time the 20th anniversary. “

Feliciano López additionally spoke about Roland Garros' abrupt resolution to maneuver the tournament to September. “The choice of Roland Garros has shocked as a result of it has been surprising and it has been one thing that they’ve unilaterally introduced, they haven’t consulted it neither with the ATP nor with the opposite Grand Slam nor with the gamers, Or, at the very least, it appears. We don't know after we will play tennis once more and the way lengthy this will drag on. The scenario doesn’t appear to enhance a lot and issues in Europe are very dangerous. Within the medium time period I don’t see which you could play on the circuit. What Roland Garros has finished without having consulted anybody is to put his tournament in September however in that month it will not be identified what will be performed, if the tournaments will be performed on that date, different beforehand canceled tournaments … The very best factor would have been to discover a joint resolution to reset the calendar in the very best approach without harming the least variety of the tournament. “

The tennis participant highlighted the issue of the change of floor that will imply the change from onerous courtroom to clay, though he acknowledges that it is frequent on the circuit. “It isn’t splendid to go from onerous courtroom to clay. We’ve finished worse issues, like taking part in a tournament on the bottom and the following day taking part in the Davis Cup on grass. Tennis typically has these items. The circumstances are what they’re and when it is performed once more it will be a very atypical calendar. We will need to adapt to quite a lot of conditions however it will not be splendid to play two Grand Slam video games so intently and on completely different surfaces. However we can not neglect that Roland Garros and Wimbledon have been caught collectively all their lives, with a couple of weeks of distinction and the distinction of extra antagonistic surfaces, clay and grass “.

'Feli' believes that the circuit break doesn’t have an effect on his plans to proceed taking part in on the circuit at 38 years outdated (he will flip 39 in September). “My plans don’t fluctuate on the circuit. It has been loopy for everybody. Many days I bought up and I don’t imagine what is occurring, I believe it is a film. The coronavirus has stopped the world in any respect ranges. We’re not taking part in tennis and with the forecast that this will go on for a very long time. You might be residing a good time. I’m going yr after yr, I don’t plan to play 2-Three extra years. Now it was in an excellent rating. They are saying they’ll freeze the rating after which we will regularly lose the factors. It’s all an uncertainty. You must be affected person and put together in addition to attainable when the circuit resumes. Possibly this provides us the prospect to play one other yr. We don't know what's going to occur. “

Lastly, the tennis participant analyzed how he’s going by means of nowadays of quarantine, in which he has to coach from residence. “I’m doing nicely to remain at residence. I’m fortunate that I stay in a giant home exterior Madrid, which permits me to exit into the backyard and stroll the canine. Inside the dangerous, I carry it higher than individuals who stay in the town or in an condominium. I’m coaching with my coach by way of video convention and my father introduced me a spinning bike. We will come ahead”: