Novak was fuming yesterday in his press conference.
“I want to forget this week as soon as possible and move on to the real clay courts,”
“It took me at least a week to try to get used to this surface and somehow find a way to win matches and play a decent level of tennis,”
“There is no discussion in my eyes, it’s very simple. No blue clay for me.”
The courts were not his only target:
“I don’t blame the new president (Australian former player Brad Drewett),”
“He came to the job in January. It was the last president. He was going away and knew his contract was not renewed. He made the decision on his own.
“Something was going on behind closed doors. He (Helfant) didn’t care about tennis and what the players thought. He was only interested in himself and his interests.”
“The losers this week are the players and their opinions. They (ATP) made the decision without players agreeing on it. This is a rule that has to be changed immediately.
“The tournament has done its job and represented its own interests,” he said of the blue courts, which have proved to be successful for television viewing.
“I can’t blame the event for fighting for its own rights. The fault is from the people who gave them permission. We discussed this in 2011 – we were more than clear we didn’t want it. “
Roger had added his thoughts that are very different from Novak and Rafa.
“If you want to be a good claycourt player, you must be able to play everywhere,”
This of course is true. To be the best you should be able to adapt to a variety of surfaces. Is this where Rafa & Novak fall down with their argument? We saw with the Raonic v Federer that attacking, entertaining tennis can be played. The tour is currently too defensive so those at the top who have “less variety” in their game are going to be hardest hit.
But the tour is not only about Rafa & Novak, it is about 100+ players who have different styles & talent. The sooner the tour reflects this the better the game will be.