Tokyo 2020 Olympics tennis schedule angered Novak Djokovic as world No.1 demands change
Novak Djokovic called on organizers to rethink the Olympic tennis schedule due to the hot and humid conditions in Tokyo.
Djokovic secured a 6-2 6-2 victory over Bolivian Hugo Dellien, but more difficult tasks put him in front of a coveted gold for Serbia.
The weather could turn out to be its toughest opponent.
It is well known that the world No.1 is grappling with the heat and humidity, and he said with a wry smile: “I am still waiting to meet the player who enjoys this kind of weather.
“Playing in extreme heat and humidity that is 90% or God knows how much is very difficult.
“Obviously it’s the same for everyone and it’s something that we experienced when we got to Tokyo, we expected the conditions to be very tough, but before we come here and do the experience, you don’t really know how difficult it is. “
Matches played in ATP and WTA tournaments held under similar conditions often don’t start until late afternoon, but here all the courts start at 11 a.m., meaning players compete against each other during the game. hottest of the day.
Later departures were considered, but the organizers, the International Tennis Federation, having to provide for potential breaks in the event of rain or extreme heat, as well as a lack of infrastructure for late arrivals, a day program was deemed preferable.
“I don’t really understand why the ITF doesn’t want to move the games,” Djokovic said.
“It was the last game on center court and it ended before 5 pm.”
Djokovic aims to become the first man to win a four major title gold slam and singles gold in the same year.
The Serbian superstar had previously gone viral on social media after an image appeared of him stretching alongside the Belgian team’s gymnasts.
Djokovic will then face the German Jan-Lennard Struff.
Meanwhile, second seed Daniil Medvedev also found conditions difficult in a 6-4 7-6 (10-8) victory over Alexander Bublik.
Millman wins, Barty doubles in Tokyo
Meanwhile, Ash Barty’s quest for gold in Tokyo began impressively as John Millman beat up Italian talent Lorenzo Musetti 6-3 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Olympic event. men’s tennis.
The teenager Musetti had led Novak Djokovic to love two sets in the round of 16 at Roland Garros before finally retiring injured in the fifth set and intended to topple Millman on the hard court at Ariake Tennis Park on Saturday .
But the form line did not take into account the formidable determination of the Brisbane workhorse, especially when he wore the Australian colors in his second appearance at the Games.
He beat Musetti for a 5-3 lead, then served in the first set, before losing his serve twice after getting breaks in the second.
Millman kept his cool to win a tight 3-4 service match before Musetti’s frustrations finally got the better of him in a 96-minute game played in hot and humid conditions.
Millman recorded the Games’ first 6-0 6-0 win to open his account in Rio five years ago, before taking the straight-set lead against eventual bronze medalist Kei Nishikori in the second round.
Established in the top 50 players since then, Millman leads the Australian men’s charge following the withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur.
His second-round opponent is fit Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, with world number 1 Djokovic likely a third-round opponent.
Later that day, Barty teamed up with Storm Sanders for a 6-1 6-2 victory over Japan’s Makoto Ninomiya and Nao Hibino, the sixth seed sending a warning shot in their 50-minute procession.
World No. 1 Barty, fresh from her triumph at Wimbledon, begins her singles campaign on Sunday against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo while Ajla Tomljanovic is also in action.
Samantha Stosur, in her fifth appearance at the Games, an Australian tennis record, was completely beaten 6-4 6-2 by Elena Rybakina.
She will now focus on the doubles alongside Ellen Perez.