The French Tennis Association has partnered with Wilson for the tennis balls this year, breaking a long partnership with the Babolat. However, the players are not happy about this change. Additionally, many top players, like Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, have expressed their concerns with the Wilson balls.
The Spaniard, who is one of the favorites to win the event, said on Friday, “These new balls are not good for playing on clay. They are dangerous for the elbows and shoulders of the players.
Additionally, Novak Djokovic, the world number one, is also vocal with his thoughts on the balls in the press conference on Saturday.
Djokovic said, “This is the first time we have used these balls on clay. I agree the balls are heavy. It is October, it is freezing, and the clay is heavy and wet. The general conditions also affect the nature of the ball itself. It is difficult to say if the ball is heavy. Or if it is the act of playing in these particular conditions.”
“The situation is like that. We have to accept it. And that is why we came earlier. To try to get used to the new balls and conditions. The conditions are very different from what we are used to at Roland Garros.” he added.
Expect the Unexpected at Roland Garros
Additionally, with the difference in conditions and balls, one can expect different and exciting results from the tournament. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the absence of play, there might be unexpected results.
However, Rafael Nadal, who already has 12 Grand Slam titles to his name at the Roland Garros, instills the favorite to win. Besides him, the other choices are Novak Djokovic and the US Open 2020 champion Dominic Thiem. It will also be interesting to see Andy Murray play, who has just returned to the tennis court from hip surgery.