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‘Nice for the crowd, tougher for the players’ – Alex Corretja explains impact of French Open schedule

Former world number two Alex Corretja has claimed that by having night matches at the French Open this year, it will cause a few surprising and unexpected results. 

In 2021, organizers at Roland Garros brought in the change to have night matches, leaving Wimbledon as the only Grand Slam which does not schedule an evening session.

However the matches last year were played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions, with 2022 being the first year at Roland Garros where night matches will be played in front of the Paris faithful.

Former French Open runner-up Alex Corretja has argued that as a result of the change, this could lead to some surprising results as well as additional problems for the players.

Speaking to Eurosport, the Spaniard told reporters that one difference in the night matches is the drastic change in conditions, explaining: “Lighting is always a tricky thing.

“Definitely the ball is bouncing way lower and the matches are very difficult to be quick because it’s difficult to hit winners. You need to use a lot of drop shots.”

Corretja continued stating that night matches can also affect the players physical preparations too.

“If you play long matches, then it’s not that easy to recover for two days after. So it can affect your recovery in the tournament.

“But hopefully, if they play a long match, then they will have time to recover [for] two days after and they will be okay.

“It’s nice for the crowd. I think it’s nice for the tournament. I think it’s a little bit tougher for the players.”

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