Amid Raging Controversy, Novak Djokovic Firmly Stands by WTA’s Bizarre Move That Exhausts Players – ‘They Empty the Big..’

Published 08/18/2023, 4:25 AM EDT

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Playing tennis isn’t just about being talented and strategic; it also includes overseeing matches and energy-sapping scheduling. The 2023 Canadian Open in Montreal became a major concern because of late-night scheduling, astonishing the players and raising several debates. In this debate, Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis legend, shared his contemplations. He discussed how scheduling is mind-boggling and talks about the challenge of pleasing fans while taking care of players.

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Matches beginning late around the evening as a result of terrible weather conditions have caused a raging controversy. Fans and athletes are stressed over how this influences the players physically and mentally. But the Serb was quick to share his contemplations from a different perspective; from the point of view of tournament organizers.

Novak Djokovic shares perspective on late-night match controversy at 2023 Canadian Open

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Novak Djokovic transparently discussed the reasons for the scheduling decisions. The 23-time Grand Slam champion shared that the new tournaments aim to fulfill fans’ desires and boost profits. Stadiums full of crowds are emptied after the day exhibitions to make room for the night matches. This transition requires time and it can influence players’ timetables more than often.

Nole stresses the need to strike a careful balance. In tennis, players’ health is crucial, so it’s challenging to satisfy fans while keeping players well. Djokovic’s viewpoint highlights the fine line organizers must tread, meeting fan demands while keeping players fit for peak performance.

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Djokovic shared, “The tournaments are normally looking to get more profit by selling the day session & night session tickets. Nowadays, when the day session ends, they empty the big stadiums, bringing on the people for the night session. That takes time.”

He further added, “Tournaments are looking to gain more profit & more revenue out of it. Then the night sessions are normally the most entertaining. You know, people get into it. US Open night sessions are probably the most famous night sessions in our sport. There is also something about it that gets you going.”

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Djokovic’s critique fills in as a reminder that the universe of professional tennis is a fragile environment. But he isn’t the only tennis star to voice his opinions on this issue. Iga Swiatek, the Polish star, has also expressed her feelings about the issue. She highlighted the need to consider players’ well-being when arranging the schedule.

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Iga Swiatek opens up about the challenges of match scheduling

Iga Swiatek has found herself competing on the same day in both the Poland Open and the Canadian Open. This firsthand experience has exposed her to the struggles and hardships of playing consecutive matches without sufficient rest. Following her dominant victory against Danielle Collins in the first round of the Cincinnati Open, where she won the first set with an impressive score of 6-1 and ended the second set with a bagel, Swiatek shared her perspective with ‘Tennis Channel.’

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In her conversation, she candidly discussed the aspect of playing consecutive night matches, emphasizing the limitations posed by having only one main stadium for tournaments. She expressed that, at times, it would be more beneficial for players’ health to compete earlier in the day.

Where do you stand on this issue? Let us know in the comments.

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Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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