The latest big news in tennis came on Tuesday when Roland Garros came out of nowhere to announce the new date of the event, scheduled for September 20, just a week after the US Open! Consulting no other government body, the fellow Majors, the ATP, ITF or players themselves, the organizers of the only clay-court Major of the season have pushed their luck and went against already scheduled ATP tournaments and the Laver Cup that should take place between September 25-27 in Boston, causing many upsets and dark comments among the players who should complete two Majors on different surfaces and continents in five weeks!
Jamie Murray is among the players who are not happy with this decision, saying they only thought about themselves and the investments they had to cover. The brand-new roof over the Philippe-Chatrier court is ready to rumble, offering night matches for the first time in tournament history, together with other improvements that were ready to shine this spring.
Understanding all that, Murray still thinks they had to seek some better solution that would be acceptable for other notable factors as well. “In a time where everyone should be coming together and showing unity, they’ve gone off and done their own thing in the name of self-protection,” Murray said for i.
“With everything that has gone on in the last couple of years, everyone talks about working together and not trying to be so fractured and out for their own interests and stakes in the game – then one of the events has said ‘we’re going to put our event on at the end of September and we don’t care that there are all these other events that are supposed to go on at that time.’
I found it a strange way to go about it. That was quite disappointing; they’ve got an enormous roof to pay for. They’ve made a lot of investment into their event over the last two, three, four years and that’s a significant outlay for them and then they face not having their tournament.
From a business point of view, that’s terrible news. Obviously, they are desperate for their event to go ahead because they need to bring money in to pay for these projects. I completely get it from their point of view but the way they’ve gone about it and the fact that they are crushing three or four weeks of the ATP Tour has created a big mess.
I’m sure there are a lot of phone calls and meetings that have taken place and are going to keep taking place over the next few days. There’s the frustration that the players don’t seem to be taken into consideration with this stuff, or at least consulted about it.
The first question that came into my mind was ‘what happens to all the other tournaments that are going on around that time?’ For all the ATP Tour tournaments, that has taken out four, five or six weeks of events that have been crushed there.
That was the first thing I thought of and then, of course, it’s back-to-back Grand Slams, and are the top guys going to want to navigate that?”