Rational Russian second Daniil Medvedev confessed on Sunday that he sees no logic in the one-week postponement of the French Open start date.
The ATP No. 2 who stands behind Novak Djokovic in the seedings at this week’s Monte Carlo Masters said that seven days of delay can hardly make a difference in the current COVID-19 situation which has all of France locked down.
“I’m a bit surprised; what does it change if we do it a week later? We’re talking about COVID here. I’m not sure it will change anything,” Medvedev said.
“I must say it’s a bit ridiculous.”
A semi-finalist the last time the event was played in 2019, added: “(The postponement) gives you the feeling that if you postpone by one week, the COVID will disappear in one week.
“As a player, I prefer it because I’ll get it an extra week to prepare. I’m going to try to use the two weeks after Rome to really prepare well.”
But he warned that the start of what will be only a two-week gap between the end of clay at Wimbledon may compromise grass events.
“We’ll see what they’re going to do for the grass court season.
“I’m not talking about me, but a player who is going to the quarter-finals in the French Open will be in a bad situation (grass preparation wise).
“In that case he will only be able to play Wimbledon. It’s never easy to play only one tournament in the grass court season.”