King of clay Rafael Nadal, expressed his disappointment with the French Open 2020 balls even before the tournament commenced. Recently the 12 times French Open winner expressed his disappointment with the change of the balls. The Babolat balls are being replaced with the slower Wilson ones. Supporting Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, too, voiced his opinion regarding the issue.
The Austrian, who recently claimed the US Open 2020, supported the issue which Nadal put forward. Confirming the slow pace of the Wilson balls, he mentions that it will be challenging to play in the French Open 2020.
“I practiced for two days at home with the ball. Now, of course, here. As I said, I’m a little bit sad because the Babolat at Roland Garros, it was my favorite ball, it was perfect”, Thiem stated. Obviously, it was the ball from my racquet company. Was fast, was taking the spin incredibly well. But the Wilson ball is good, as well. It’s just a little bit slower. It gets a little bit bigger after a while. In general, the conditions are going to be slower. It can be rainy, it can be very cold. So we will see.”
Dragging along the fact that the delayed Roland Garros will be bringing in quite a handful of obstacles for the players, Thiem acknowledges the issue in hand.
“Again, it’s mentally a big challenge with these tough conditions. I think there are going to be whole matches in rainy conditions, which is tough. It’s similar to New York: the guys who will handle all the tough conditions, circumstances the best, they will go the farthest in the tournament.”
Dominic Thiem will be hungry for more
With the exclusion of Novak Djokovic in the US Open 2020, one thing was certain. A new Grand Slam champion was set to lift the US Open this year. Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev graced the final. After a well-fought match, Thiem emerged the winner.
Coming into the French Open, the World number 3 will be hungry for more success. The Austrian youngster will be eyeing the Roland Garros this year. The two-time French Open finalist is yet to lay his hands upon the winner’s trophy. Considering the splendid form he’s in, 2020 seems to be a perfect opportunity to clinch the title and increase his Grand Slam count.