The organization of Roland Garros not only faces the threat of coronavirus during this exceptional edition that, instead of being held in July is taking place at the end of September. And there is another notable change beyond the one imposed by the protocol to prevent the spread of COVID-19: low temperatures from Paris.
The gravel ‘Grand Slam’ started on Sunday in cold and rainy conditions never seen before on Parisian slopes, especially outdoors. Proof of this was the reaction of the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka during her first-round match against the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic. The US Open finalist was playing her match at Suzanne Lenglen, the tournament’s second center court, when she began to complain about the poor conditions in which it was being played.
Azarenka exploded after the third game of the first set, when the chair umpire and supervisor they asked him to wait on the bench while deciding whether to suspend the match. The tennis player did not hesitate protest and leave the track to head to the changing rooms.
Azarenka reproached the supervisor of the crash that “I am not going to wait a few minutes here. I am cold !. I live in Florida and am used to the heat. Here we are at eight degrees. Since you’re not on the court, you don’t know what it means to play like this.
No sign of Azarenka returning…
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The Belarusian came to speak with her rival to ask if she did not consider that the situation was “ridiculous” and invited him to also go to the locker room while the decision was made.
Finally the game resumed and ‘Vika’ derrotó the Kovinic by a resounding 6-1 and 6-2. Of course, he also left the anecdote of the day because he did not take off his tracksuit jacket yy played the game with some tights.
After the meeting, she said she felt “happy to have finished and now I’m going to see how the others manage with this cold and rain. “