French Tennis Federation(FFT) has introduced new balls for this year’s event. But these balls are more massive and a little bit slower than older ones. Additionally, Players have also been raising concerns over the new balls in their playing experiences. However, the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, admits these balls are not suitable for clay surfaces.
Nadal said, playing with Wilson balls on the clay surface would be challenging and dangerous. For this reason, the balls are heavy and slow.
The twelve-time French Open Champion said, “I practiced with the balls in Mallorca before the comeback. In Mallorca, with warm conditions, the ball was very slow. I think not a good ball to play on clay, honestly. That is my personal opinion. It is not the right ball to play on the clay court.”
“Dangerous For The Elbow and The Shoulders”- Nadal
While it is true that playing on the clay surface complicate for a tennis player, Rafael anticipated the new super-heavy balls could cause health problems for players.
Spaniard continued, “Even with these conditions makes things tougher, no? But I knew before I arrived here. No problem at all. Just accept the challenge. I believe that the organization needs to look at that for the next couple of years, for the players’ health. Because the ball super heavy becomes dangerous for the elbow and the shoulders, I think.”
“But this year is what we have—just staying positive with this. I know we will have to play with this ball, so I need to find the best feelings possible with these conditions. That’s what I am looking forward, Just practicing with the right motivation, right ambition, and then let’s see what I can do or what can’t do”. He concluded.