Nadal said he had foreseen this time
“Paris in autumn is very beautiful, and it’s hard to come here. I still enjoy this game very much. The game can be restarted and many people have put in a lot of effort. I trained for three months and finally stood in the Grand Slam again. Arena."
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In addition to the empty field, this year's French Open was postponed from the previous May to the end of September. The change in temperature has presented the challenge for the players.
On the first match day of the French Open, many players put on long sleeves or even jackets in the low temperature. Some people bluntly said that the match was too cold.
Dawei wore a vest to play.
Damp and cold, the ball has become heavier
Due to the epidemic situation, this year's French Open has been postponed by four full months compared to previous years. Therefore, the current French Open has changed from summer to autumn.
Compared with the past, low temperature has become the first challenge players have to adapt to. After the game officially started, people obviously had a different look and feel.
You can see the difference from the costumes of the audience-in the past, people often wore sunglasses and sun hats, but this time, in addition to wearing masks, most of the audience put on warm clothing such as down jackets, and even Also covered with blankets to resist the low temperature.
The focus of the players’ attention has also changed from the usual cooling down to how to keep warm-Kvitova put on a jacket, Dawei put on a "vest"... Many players also wore long sleeves or outer jackets to play. .
Serena pays great attention to cold and warm.
Tim, who just won the U.S. Open, also thinks that low temperature will change the game. "It is very cold at the end of September. I prefer a high temperature game environment, so that the ball will bounce higher and the ball speed will be slower. It is better terms for Jokovic."
In addition to the low temperature, rain is also a new problem for this French Open. At present, Paris will be more rainy this season than in May, and the wet clay court will directly increase the difficulty of the game.
Azarenka, who was suspended due to rain in the first round of the game, said, "What are we doing now? It's ridiculous. I don't want to sit here anymore. It's only 8 degrees Celsius. I'm almost frozen." Ka complained to the referee and staff, and then she left the court.
"At the time I also asked the opponent's thoughts. She told me she didn't want to sit on the court like this, so I didn't want to continue wasting time there because it was really cold. And after two hours (drizzle) , The ball will become a little heavier... it will be very tricky to face this situation."
The balls mentioned by the players have become heavier because of the brand change of the balls used in this year’s game. The texture is different from the past. Nadal said, “The new balls are much slower than in previous years, plus the current cold and wet weather conditions. The ball is too heavy for athletes."
Muguruza also wrapped himself tightly.
Without an audience, Nadal is very uncomfortable
The change of ball quality is not only due to the brand change, wet weather and low temperature will affect the operation of the ball. According to professional research, generally speaking, the ball speed will slow down at low temperatures.
Azarenka said, "This year's French tennis will not bounce so high and the ball speed will not be so fast. We have to adapt every day."
"For our game, the conditions are more extreme than in previous years. This may be the most difficult situation I have experienced in Roland Garros." This is Nadal's personal experience, and the "extreme conditions" he calls are not just Refers to changes in weather conditions and ball quality.
Under the epidemic situation, the atmosphere of the entire tournament has greatly changed. For contestants, especially players like Nadal who gave up Cincinnati and the US Open, it takes more energy to adapt.
Zhang Shuai defeated Case and successfully advanced to the second round.
As early as June of this year, Nadal said that he did not like empty games, "Football players may perform well without spectators, but if you ask me if I like closed-door games, my answer is no. Nothing. It can replace the presence of the audience and the energy generated by the audience."
After returning to the arena, he also bluntly said that "It doesn't feel good to play without spectators", but now he can only accept reality-"This year is indeed different. I want to keep a positive attitude. I know we I have to participate in the competition, so I need to find the best feeling in this situation."
In addition to the empty field, there are many realities that players must accept-for example, they must stay in a designated hotel and can only leave during games and training; for example, due to the reduced sunshine time in autumn, players in late games may play after dark This year is also the first time the French Open has introduced lighting.
But in the face of challenges, players can only adjust themselves as much as possible. As the Slovak female player Schmidlova said, “In a tennis match, there will never be a smooth sailing event. I just need to accept this fact and do my best. do the best."