Toni Nadal in an interview with El Larguero suggested that Wimbledon disrespect the ATP circuit on not following the ATP rankings while making the seeds for the Championships.
Toni Nadal said in a statement to El Larguero, “At Wimbledon, they act like that because they feel special, it’s a bad beginning to feel special, it would be more logical for them to rely on what everyone is based on. It’s a lack of respect especially the ATP Circuit.”
Nephew of Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal had been seeded below arch-rival, Roger Federer despite winning more in the 2019 season and also having a superior ranking at the ATP rankings.
Earlier, Rafael Nadal also criticised the seeding process of Wimbledon. The 18-time grand slam champion expressed his unhappiness with the seedings at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), this year.
Rafael Nadal had said, “It’s the usual thing. “Wimbledon is the only tournament of the year where they do whatever they want in that sense. Whatever it is, whether I’m two or three, I’ll have to be at my best and will fight to win the games I’m involved in.”
World no. 1, Novak Djokovic also came out in support for Rafael Nadal. The Serb suggested that he respects the rules but at the same time, it was a surprise for him as Rafael Nadal, who is at the top of the ATP Race to London table is seeded below Roger Federer.
He said in a statement to Reuters, “It’s their rules and you have to respect it although it’s a little bit surprising, to be honest. Roger is the greatest of all time and has won the most Wimbledon titles of any player in history and if any player deserves it it’s him. But at the same time, it’s Nadal that he is taking over the second seed so it’s surprising, to be honest.”
There were many tweets about Rafael Nadal’s claim of Wimbledon using its own formula for seeding.
@Wimbledon in 2018 @RafaelNadal had to play indoors on a beautiful day in continuation of the semis-which was not fair to Rafa. 2019 #2 Rafael Nadal gets seeded #3 behind Federer. Your seeding process is highly unfair! No other slam does this. Rafa deserves #2 seed!
— Moana (@Moana125) June 25, 2019
— Nathan Frizzell (@NathanFrizzell) June 26, 2019
Rafael Nadal: Seed compared to Roger Federer at Wimbledon 'doesn't seem right' https://t.co/VDg7uuZGTG
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) June 26, 2019
Roger Federer is seeded 2nd ahead of rival Rafael Nadal for #Wimbledon despite trailing him in the world rankings
+ Nadal has complained that the All-England club don't follow rankings
+ World number 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is top seedhttps://t.co/4FzIT8f3Q2 pic.twitter.com/NtmTj0j26T
— AFP Sport (@AFP_Sport) June 26, 2019
— MSN Sports (@MSNSports) June 27, 2019