For the first time in Grandslam history, all Big Three players- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are in the same half of the draw. The trio are all drawn in the top half, and only one man can reach the finals at Roland Garros.
Former American tennis player, Andy Roddick objected Rafael Nadal’s third seed at French Open 2021, and supports the weighted clay seeding in Paris. However, he supports this seeding system, only if there are more grass court tournaments added prior to Wimbledon.
There have been several objections raised over Rafael Nadal being ranked third at French Open, despite winning the Barcelona Open and Italian Masters titles. On the other hand, Daniil Medvedev seeded second, is yet to win a title on clay courts this season. Even more surprisingly, he has just won one match on this surface so far.
Andy Roddick ‘unhappy’ with the seeding system at French Open 2021
Andy Roddick prefers the French Open using a seeding system like Wimbledon. At the Championships, players are seeded according to their performance on the grass courts over the course of the season.
“For what it’s worth I’d be totally supportive of weighted clay seeding for RG ….. as long as the grass season could add another week or two of scheduling/tournaments to make it apples to apples”, Roddick opined.
There is not an enough window between the clay court and grass court season, as the latter begins just after the French Open ends. The French Open ends on June 13, whereas, Wimbledon begins just two weeks after on June 28.
Speaking about Rafael Nadal’s draw at French Open 2021, he will face the Australian, Alexei Popyrin in the first round clash. He has a tricky draw ahead of him, with a possibility of facing Jannik Sinner in the third round, and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.