SPORTING Novak Djokovic refused to play on till the roof was shut correctly – after French Open rival Daniel Elahi Galan slipped badly in heavy rain on the one moist half of the court docket.
World No1 and mop seed Djokovic condemned the farcical situations and jokingly took to drying the court docket himself – earlier than sweeping away the Colombian too, 6-0 6-3 6-2.
Novak Djokovic helped mop up the court docket after watching opponent Daniel Elahi Galan slipCredit score: ISF LTD
Novak Djokovic kicks up a storm in good spirits as he urged umpires to delay the motion as a result of Daniel Elahi Galan alone was taking part in within the rainCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
The Serb stated afterwards: “I spoke with the supervisor previous to the match.
“After seeing the best way the sky seemed and having a primary drop of rain as we had been strolling onto the court docket, I requested: ‘Why don’t we shut it starting and simply play out your complete match?’
“The chair umpire and supervisor thought that it was playable.
It should not take Djokovic to must say to the umpire when it is so slippery, and that may be very harmful
“I perceive when you don’t have the roof. However that is precisely the rationale why you construct the roof – so why not use it?
“Notably in these sorts of situations when the roof is helpful.
“That’s why I assumed we misplaced fairly a little bit of time that affected our match. I felt it was a unsuitable determination for my part to not shut the roof instantly.”
British tennis legend Tim Henman was amongst those that backed Djokovic, who was on the dry aspect of the online whereas Galan performed in dangerous situations.
French Open prime seed Novak Djokovic helped to mop up the court docket himself however was all smiles as play was lastly halted till the roof shut absolutely
Henman informed Eurosport: “It should not take Djokovic to must say to the umpire when it is so slippery, and that may be very harmful.
“I believe they undoubtedly stopped it too late. It wasn’t an awesome search for tennis or the event.
“It is attention-grabbing with the Chatrier roof, it is coming simply from one finish so fairly rapidly one finish is roofed however the different is not.
“This one has to go all the best way over from one finish to the opposite.”
Djokovic took the ensuing delay in tremendous spirits, entertaining the gang as he appeared to scoop water off the court docket along with his racket.
And after additionally brushing apart Galan following the resumption, Djokovic stated of the controversy: “I attempted (to comb the court docket) however I’m not so good as the remainder of the staff! They do an awesome job.
“It was stunning however I felt a bit pissed off, I felt I performed OK. Performed some tremendous photographs, performed OK on the baseline.”