Nadal to play 1st match on Lenglen, Roddick to start on Chatrier

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  1. clayman2000

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    Is this a joke? I know Nadal will likely run over mini-Monfils, and Roddick will struggle, but the schedule should be meant to appease fans. I mean, if I bought tickets for Chatrier, id be ticked off to watch Roddick over Nadal on clay.
     
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  2. El Diablo

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    You know how the French are....they revere Jerry Lewis, Woody Allen, and Roddick. It's a comedy/tragedy thing.
     
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  3. TMF

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    It’s about the interest of the audience. Sure, Rafa is ranked #2, but if most fans preferred to see Roddick’s match, it’s nothing wrong to put him in a bigger stadium.

    If the number of tickets project to sell 10,000 for Rafa’s match but 15,000 tickets for Roddick, where would you want to place them to play? Didn’t think so.
     
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    They want Rafa to lose, the smaller court is faster :)
    And his opponent is a Frenchman, so... ;)
     
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  5. fedfan08

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    And where's the evidence that there is more interest in Roddick than Nadal at RG? Nadal is 4 time champion. Roddick's best result, is what, 4th round?
     
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  6. TMF

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    The home crowd will definitely be on Mina’s side. Rafa had his way in Madrid, but now it’s fair for him to deal with the hostile crowd.
     
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  7. bolo

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    Could be a strategic move. Smaller stadium, the crowd can really get into nadal's games.
     
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    Just Haters at their peak. every year they get better at hating. No respect for the 4 time champion
     
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    You and I don’t have any evidence, but there has to be a good reason for having Roddick’s match on center court. And my guess is more fans wants to see Roddick’s match.

    Normally higher ranking players attract more viewers, but that’s not always the case. Weren’t the William sisters(and Jankovic) were placed in a smaller court in the past despite they were seeded higher than the other players?
     
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    What about Federer’s match against Ferrer in the semi and against Rafa in the final at Madrid?

    I can say the same thing...haters don’t respect the #1 player in the world!
     
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    What court did Nadal loose to Solderling on?
     
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    Me too. I can't beleive they'd do that.
     
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  13. Pretty absurd. They obviously hate the guy. It's kind of insane.
     
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  14. bolo

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    Plus cut down on the territory that nadal has to play defense. But it is a nice thing to do for the 2nd court fans. IIRC there is a substantial price difference between the 2 stadiums, maybe I am wrong about this.
     
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    They will rotate. If rafa and Roddick move on to the 2nd round, I’m sure Nadal will get to play on center court and Roddick will be on Lenglen. If I’m wrong, then you guys can suspect hatred!
     
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    I think they don't like to put anyone on PC for every match? So it could make sense to give Nadal his very first match on SL, so that in his later matches, he will play on the main court.
     
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  17. Does Federer ever play on Lenglen? Ever?
     
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    Looking at the fixture for tomorrow i'd much rather be at Lenglen than Chatrier the matches on Chatrier look like a real bore.
     
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    Not sure. Doesn't directly apply but federer played on court 1 at the 2005 wimbledon vs. gonzo. Rd 16 I think.
     
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    I could be wrong, but I did think they put each "top player" on Lenglen once rather than Chatrier. Again, I do think I remember reading that somewhere, but could be wrong.
     
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    :-|:-|:-|:-|
     
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    Maybe the center court is playing faster than Lenglen, hence Rafa could have actually requested to be played on Lenglen......
     
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  23. The flipside, is that it could potentially be Roddick's only match at the French, so they put him on the big court.
     
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  24. clayman2000

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    Firstly, how many matches on Court 1 has Fed played at Wimby in the last 5 years?

    Nadal always plays 1-2 matches on Lenglen.
     
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    Someone said that Federer also played his opening match on SL before.
     
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  26. mandy01

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    He has.I don't remember when though.And if I'm not wrong Roger prefers Lenglen over Chatrier.
     
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  27. CMM

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    In 2008, against Querrey.
     
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    Jesus, people. A court's a court. How is Nadal more likely to lose if he plays on Lenglen instead of Chatrier?
     
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    props for being a Roddick fan, yet you know what's fair.
     
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    How many times was Federer a fourth round exiter at Wimbledon the year before, and said bad things about the crowd and public from a very nationalistic country?

    I'm not saying it's the right call, but Rafa's team had some hostile environment coming their way. Not saying it's justified, just saying it's not that unexpected.
     
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    Don't buy it that the crowd at RG wants to see Roddick more than Nadal. According to Matt Cronin they put Nadal on SL because they wanted a marquee match on that court for ticket sales.
     
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  32. CMM

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    This doesn't have anything to do with the scheduling.
     
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  33. The hostile environment existed last year though. Yeah Toni shouldn't have said the French public is "very stupid" (though they seem to act that way too often), but his comment was a result of how they acted towards Nadal. The whole thing is bizarre.
     
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    I believe he did through 2008, but in 2009 he did not. And at Wimbledon he only played on CC. I think that was the case in 2008 as well.
     
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    ask Sampras how he felt playing on court 2 at Wimby.
     
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  36. fedfan08

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    Don't think anyone is suggesting he's more likely to lose, but he's 4 time winner of RG yet his opening match is on the #2 show court. And he's playing a Frenchman to boot.
     
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  37. christinamaniac7

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    Just a typical french decision... Haters at their best!! :confused:
     
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    There was no hostility towards Nadal, they just rooted for Federer in Nadal's matches. They were massively behind Soderling, but I didn't really see that much anger or disrespect towards Nadal. In the 90s they were ALWAYS rooting for the upset everywhere. Nadal-fans should just accept it as it is, because saying bad things about the french isn't gonna make a difference. If he just plays nice with the French, they'll be very kind to him, because their need for Roger to win the FO is fullfilled. Another upset would maybe be fun, but is not really necessary.
     
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    It doesn't? Than what does? The fact that Roddick went as deep as Rafa last year? Or the fact that Nieminen is the claycourt GOAT?
     
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  40. The way they acted towards Nadal in that Soderling match was pretty disrespectful though. I'm not saying it's worth complaining about necessarily, but it is what it is...
     
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    And Pedo Polanski too:oops::oops:
     
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  42. bobbylechat

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    they do that so that everybody gets to see the big players.
    and it's only first round. He will play the other matches on the chatrier court.
     
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    Hmm, than I was very very very disrespectful myself. There might have been 1 or 2 moments, but it wasn't that much. (and I've watched that match 3 times in full I think).

    Anyways, I think Roddick's match will be more interesting to watch as a neutral fan than Nadal's :). They should have put Murray-Gasquet over Federer as well. I'd like to see more 'picking tight matches' by the organizers, but than they should do it everywhere, and not just at the FO.
     
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    People are being disgracefully racist here by the way. It's just how the french are, a typical french retarded decision etc. etc.
     
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    just read all the comments and i must say i'm really disappointed....
    it has nothing to see with the fact of hating rafa and so on....
    like i said, tickets for roland garros are sold from december to february for the french licensed players....
    tickets for the chatrier court are really tough to get cause they sale really really fast. If nadal and fed would play all of their matches on the main court, a lot of people wouldn't be able to see them play...
    just think about it....
     
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  46. decades

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    The French really can't stand Rafa and his tennis of brute force. And now you see the result....this is a slap in the face at the whole of Spain.
     
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  47. CMM

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    I think every year he played a match on that court.
    Besides, he didn't say anything bad about the French public. He was actually pretty nice considering the way he was treated.

    But I know what you think, so don't bother telling me that the crowd can support whoever they want and stuff like that because that's not the point...
     
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    That is not a good reason for this idiotic scheduling?! it's a shame they don't respect one of the best clay courter of all time... it's really a shame :oops:
     
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    They would probably switch Nadal with Roddick if Nadal wore Lacoste clothes and Babolat shoes, and Roddick wore Nike clothes and shoes. The Babolat racquet and strings alone are not enough. :wink: LOL
     
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    christina, i can understand, but again they try to satisfy the audience, all of it...
    and for those who say french people are retarded, let me just remind you "budapest is the capital of what european country ?" maybe all american people think europe is a country ?
    see ? i could say that you are all stupid but i don't, so please, be respectful
     
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