Seething Stuttgart ATP event boss Edwin Weindorfer cannot hide his dissatisfaction at the French Open change of dates which will put the second week of the major in direct confrontation with his grass tournament.
But the Austrian is hoping for some long-odds relief now that the gap between the end of Paris and the June 28 start of Wimbledon is shrinking to three weeks instead of a full month.
Weindorfer believes the tournament might benefit from possible late entries – even from former champion Roger Federer or Brit Andy Murray, who has never played the tournament whose lawns are curated by Wimbledon groundsmen.
“Obviously I’m angry. Roland-Garros simply went it alone – we will not let the week be stolen from us,” Weindorfer told German website Kicker.
“You have to know how to react quickly in these unstable periods .
“It could be for example that Federer and Murray find that the period between Roland-Garros and Wimbledon is too short for example or that they are out of the tournament in the first week ”
Stuttgart announced that it will be holding onto its calendar week from June 8, now the second week of Roland Garros.