The clay-court major French Open 2020 has been rescheduled towards the end of September, in the turmoils of tennis tournaments getting annulled due to coronavirus outbreak compared to the drizzly ambiance during the months of May and June and by then playing conditions would relatively change.
Luke Jensen, 1993 Ronald Garros men’s doubles champion believes those conditions will put World No.4 Roger Federer on the losing edge.
As the external environment would potentially affect how the courts play and how the ball bounces as the crushed bricks of Paris are susceptible to climate conditions. Also, the Parisian Major is set to mew challenges with it’s revamped schedule.
The weather forecast of Paris in September/October, as of now, hopefully, has been playable. But no one knows, conditions might change. A weather intelligence platform that tracks the conditions for many sports organizations, ClimaCell, has also been tracking Roland Garros’ Conditions towards the end of September.
Rather than May/June the temperatures are bit cooler in September/October. And it will slow down certain things and make it a little heavier towards the end of the day when matches will be played as it is slightly windier in September/October than in May/June. Also, in September there are fewer daylight hours as sunsets around 7:30 pm.
Former American tennis player, Jenson believes that conditions would negatively impact Federer’s play and he won’t benefit from the rescheduling of the French Major. “Trouble for Roger. He needs that serve. If you wake up in Paris and see it’s heavy like that. You know you’re not going to get any free points,” said Jensen, as quoted by Tennis.com
The reigning semifinalist’s Roger Federer will be on a backfoot if the tournament undergoes without any spectator due to the new norms of social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. As he previously expressed his resistance to playing behind the closed doors.
“It’s amazing how the surface changes with humidity, rain, moisture, everything. Clay is the only surface you can keep playing on. It’s got to be a downpour to stop. If it’s a mild drizzle, you play through it. But if there’s more rain, it gets you on edge more, wondering when you’re going to eat, warm-up, stretch, practice,” he added.
As the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the entire calendar of the world, talking about the tennis season, it resulted in the cancellation of numerous tournaments including Wimbledon Championships 2020, the most prestigious event.
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