De Minaur not happy with AO official

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Alex de Minaur isn’t happy with officials just days out from the Open

JANUARY 12, 2019 5:45PM

De Minaur makes Sydney final

news.com.au

Teenage tennis sensation Alex de Minaur has accused Australian Open organisers of punishing local players who perform well in home tournaments after failing to have his opening-round clash at the grand slam pushed back.

De Minaur was forced to play two matches in one day at the Sydney International on Saturday, after rain washed away his semi-final against Gilles Simon on Friday night.

Victory over Simon meant the 19-year-old had just a five-hour gap between that match and his final against Andreas Seppi, before flying to Melbourne on Sunday and starting his campaign on Monday afternoon.

De Minaur said it left him disadvantaged ahead of his clash with Portuguese outsider Pedro Sousa on Monday, and into the rest of the tournament. “What is more annoying is me having to play Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your home slam,” de Minaur said.

“I think they are punishing Aussies for playing deep in their home tournaments and I think that’s not what they should be doing.”

The Demon isn’t happy. De Minaur is one of the few big names playing in the Sydney tournament the week before the Open, with only four of the world’s top-30 playing at the event and another six playing in Auckland.

Australia’s top-ranked men’s player as world No.29, de Minaur’s opening match in Melbourne is the third scheduled at Margaret Court Arena. Asked if he had asked to have the match pushed back, de Minaur replied: “Yeah.” “They came out with the schedule before they even saw the halves or saw who was in the final in the weeks prior. I think that is pretty poor.”

The reality is though that any change would have forced further complications with the draw. De Minaur was drawn on the bottom half of the schedule, the side of which all matches are set for Monday. Moving the Australian’s match to Tuesday would have meant that the winner between he and Sousa would have been forced to play two days straight in Melbourne.

The schedule is a complex challenge which also includes prioritising television opportunities for marquee players and adequate rest opportunities.

Tennis Australia have been contacted for comment but are yet to respond.

https://amp-news-com-au.cdn.ampproj...n/news-story/a50da3f86fec55b5cc259cfc6f513239
 
#4
The schedule did come out early. In that regard Demon has a point.

I wonder if they tried to arrange something once they knew of his predicament and just couldn't get a change made. I'd think there would have been plenty of players keen to do a straight swap and start on monday (I know it is more complicated than that).

It would be interesting to get further clarification from the tournament as to what lengths they went to.
 
#13
This is such a bullcrap from Alex:
1. There is zero logic for the australian tennis federation to punish local players for deep runs. They look good when locals win.
2. Local favorism is seen from time to time but asking an entire section of the draw to be delayed just because of him ... its too much. Even its only their match, if that guy Sousa wins he would have no rest before the next round. Not to mention that Alex is a 1.05 favorite, playing a 30 years old with career high of 102 .. even if there is some kind unfairness(which is not the case) you should be good enough to win with little effort. Its even better for him because he has an easy match for starters and could finish it quickly and rest more.

Alex is a perfect example for a spoiled young athlete that thinks that everybody should center their world around him.
Not to mention that he blatanly asks to gain advantage over Sousa and thinks that he is the victim.
 
#19
It’s a lot of tennis so early in the season. I’m sure he’s getting pressure to support as many as he can from all those who helped him be where he is. I can understand his frustration. He’ll learn to say no.
 

Meles

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Alex de Minaur isn’t happy with officials just days out from the Open

JANUARY 12, 2019 5:45PM

De Minaur makes Sydney final

news.com.au

Teenage tennis sensation Alex de Minaur has accused Australian Open organisers of punishing local players who perform well in home tournaments after failing to have his opening-round clash at the grand slam pushed back.

De Minaur was forced to play two matches in one day at the Sydney International on Saturday, after rain washed away his semi-final against Gilles Simon on Friday night.

Victory over Simon meant the 19-year-old had just a five-hour gap between that match and his final against Andreas Seppi, before flying to Melbourne on Sunday and starting his campaign on Monday afternoon.

De Minaur said it left him disadvantaged ahead of his clash with Portuguese outsider Pedro Sousa on Monday, and into the rest of the tournament. “What is more annoying is me having to play Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your home slam,” de Minaur said.

“I think they are punishing Aussies for playing deep in their home tournaments and I think that’s not what they should be doing.”

The Demon isn’t happy. De Minaur is one of the few big names playing in the Sydney tournament the week before the Open, with only four of the world’s top-30 playing at the event and another six playing in Auckland.

Australia’s top-ranked men’s player as world No.29, de Minaur’s opening match in Melbourne is the third scheduled at Margaret Court Arena. Asked if he had asked to have the match pushed back, de Minaur replied: “Yeah.” “They came out with the schedule before they even saw the halves or saw who was in the final in the weeks prior. I think that is pretty poor.”

The reality is though that any change would have forced further complications with the draw. De Minaur was drawn on the bottom half of the schedule, the side of which all matches are set for Monday. Moving the Australian’s match to Tuesday would have meant that the winner between he and Sousa would have been forced to play two days straight in Melbourne.

The schedule is a complex challenge which also includes prioritising television opportunities for marquee players and adequate rest opportunities.

Tennis Australia have been contacted for comment but are yet to respond.

https://amp-news-com-au.cdn.ampproj...n/news-story/a50da3f86fec55b5cc259cfc6f513239
Just typical ITF arrogance with their rules. Both Demon and Seppi thrown right back out on Monday; this rarely happens at ATP events. With Nadal looming R16 they've really given him no chance to peak for that match.:cautious: Heads should roll at tennis Australia if this was actually a choice.:mad:
 
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#22
He shouldn't have his match pushed back because he's Australian. Players should be treated equally irrespective of nationality. Theres certainly an argument that a player who wins a tournament shouldn't have to back up and play on the first day the following week.
 
#24
So De Minaur is basically saying...

Favoritism is NOT OK when favoring the biggest draw.

Favoritism is OK when favoring him and his courtrymen.

Cool story bro.
More like saying that there is some amount of favoritism at each slam, so it's logical for Americans to protect their own, and the same for Great Britain, Australia and France. It's only logical for the AO to protect a promising young player by scheduling him on Tuesday, shortsighted not to keep open a strategy to prevent a player from facing so little rest.

I would assume most Australians would agree with this.
 
#26
More like saying that there is some amount of favoritism at each slam, so it's logical for Americans to protect their own, and the same for Great Britain, Australia and France. It's only logical for the AO to protect a promising young player by scheduling him on Tuesday, shortsighted not to keep open a strategy to prevent a player from facing so little rest.

I would assume most Australians would agree with this.
Oh, I understood what De Minaur said. But ADM doesn't understand a few things:

1) ATP (Sydney/Auckland) =/= ITF (slams)
2) AO19 had already decided that the bottom section were to play on Monday shortly after the draw on Friday, local time. They should change that on Sunday bc ADM made it to Sydney's finals?
3) The fact that the bottom half is to play first on Monday was decided before ADM has even won his SF, only the OOP was new.

So, ADM suggesting to have him play on Tuesday in essence is changing the whole AO19 schedule. Like it or not, I think part of the reason that the bottom section was to play first, decided right after the draw, was bc Fedr/Nadl is older, and the organizers want them to have the best shot in the finals if one makes it there (any of Fedal = ratings/$$). This is a business, and they want to maximize profits. If they cater to ADM, then by default they are penalizing those much bigger draws. Plus, what if there was a different Aussie (that's in the AO19 top half) that was in Auckland's finals as well, along with ADM in Sydney? Scrap Monday start altogether, and push the whole AO19 back by a day since Aussies are in both finals?

There were choices, and they were made.
Maybe ADM should start winning slams first, then the favors will fall more his way, and I doubt he'll complain then.
 
#27
Alex de Minaur isn’t happy with officials just days out from the Open

JANUARY 12, 2019 5:45PM

De Minaur makes Sydney final

news.com.au

Teenage tennis sensation Alex de Minaur has accused Australian Open organisers of punishing local players who perform well in home tournaments after failing to have his opening-round clash at the grand slam pushed back.

De Minaur was forced to play two matches in one day at the Sydney International on Saturday, after rain washed away his semi-final against Gilles Simon on Friday night.

Victory over Simon meant the 19-year-old had just a five-hour gap between that match and his final against Andreas Seppi, before flying to Melbourne on Sunday and starting his campaign on Monday afternoon.

De Minaur said it left him disadvantaged ahead of his clash with Portuguese outsider Pedro Sousa on Monday, and into the rest of the tournament. “What is more annoying is me having to play Monday at the Australian Open and not getting helped out as a fellow Aussie at your home slam,” de Minaur said.

“I think they are punishing Aussies for playing deep in their home tournaments and I think that’s not what they should be doing.”

The Demon isn’t happy. De Minaur is one of the few big names playing in the Sydney tournament the week before the Open, with only four of the world’s top-30 playing at the event and another six playing in Auckland.

Australia’s top-ranked men’s player as world No.29, de Minaur’s opening match in Melbourne is the third scheduled at Margaret Court Arena. Asked if he had asked to have the match pushed back, de Minaur replied: “Yeah.” “They came out with the schedule before they even saw the halves or saw who was in the final in the weeks prior. I think that is pretty poor.”

The reality is though that any change would have forced further complications with the draw. De Minaur was drawn on the bottom half of the schedule, the side of which all matches are set for Monday. Moving the Australian’s match to Tuesday would have meant that the winner between he and Sousa would have been forced to play two days straight in Melbourne.

The schedule is a complex challenge which also includes prioritising television opportunities for marquee players and adequate rest opportunities.

Tennis Australia have been contacted for comment but are yet to respond.

https://amp-news-com-au.cdn.ampproj...n/news-story/a50da3f86fec55b5cc259cfc6f513239
WHAT?? An scandal, a outrage !!

They didn’t move half of a GS draw for Alex...wait, er Alex who??
:D
 
#32
This is such a bullcrap from Alex:
1. There is zero logic for the australian tennis federation to punish local players for deep runs. They look good when locals win.
2. Local favorism is seen from time to time but asking an entire section of the draw to be delayed just because of him ... its too much. Even its only their match, if that guy Sousa wins he would have no rest before the next round. Not to mention that Alex is a 1.05 favorite, playing a 30 years old with career high of 102 .. even if there is some kind unfairness(which is not the case) you should be good enough to win with little effort. Its even better for him because he has an easy match for starters and could finish it quickly and rest more.

Alex is a perfect example for a spoiled young athlete that thinks that everybody should center their world around him.
Not to mention that he blatanly asks to gain advantage over Sousa and thinks that he is the victim.
I quite agree.
 
#33
They could change it for the 1st round and just swap it out with a no name match from the other half and get back on schedule afterwards for the 2nd round. Would give the no names some extra rest that won't benefit them anyway in the 2nd round lol unless it's another no name they meet which doesn't really matter either because they are going to lose in the 3rd lol.
 
#34
They could change it for the 1st round and just swap it out with a no name match from the other half and get back on schedule afterwards for the 2nd round. Would give the no names some extra rest that won't benefit them anyway in the 2nd round lol unless it's another no name they meet which doesn't really matter either because they are going to lose in the 3rd lol.
But Alex was going to be put on #2 court because he’s an Aussie. Which no names should the organiser swap for day 1 #2 court?? And the winner of this pair would have no play until Thursday which breaks their momentum. The winner of Alex/Sousa would have no rest for their Wednesday 2nd round. For a 19 yrs old, he should have no problem having the Sunday off and play on Monday. Having said that, surely they could have put Alex as the last match on Monday instead of Tomic/Cilic
 
#35
But Alex was going to be put on #2 court because he’s an Aussie. Which no names should the organiser swap for day 1 #2 court?? And the winner of this pair would have no play until Thursday which breaks their momentum. The winner of Alex/Sousa would have no rest for their Wednesday 2nd round. For a 19 yrs old, he should have no problem having the Sunday off and play on Monday. Having said that, surely they could have put Alex as the last match on Monday instead of Tomic/Cilic
Yeah you've got a point. I'm not sure if it's worse for him recovering from a tournament run or playing back to back days. Either way isn't ideal. He's young though.
 
#36
So De Minaur is basically saying...

Favoritism is NOT OK when favoring the biggest draw.

Favoritism is OK when favoring him and his courtrymen.

Cool story bro.
Yeah I don't get why De Minaur would come out saying such a thing. Being from Australia doesn't guarantee you preferential treatment. Maybe this is why you should consider playing a tournament that is hosted the week prior to a grand slam.
 
#39
But Alex was going to be put on #2 court because he’s an Aussie. Which no names should the organiser swap for day 1 #2 court?? And the winner of this pair would have no play until Thursday which breaks their momentum. The winner of Alex/Sousa would have no rest for their Wednesday 2nd round. For a 19 yrs old, he should have no problem having the Sunday off and play on Monday. Having said that, surely they could have put Alex as the last match on Monday instead of Tomic/Cilic
Hang on there mate, I'm a blockbuster material stuff and they can't afford to lose prime time TV rating by putting me on earlier match.
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
#41
That was the last Sydney International (for men, at least) so the problem won't arise again.

Yeah I don't get why De Minaur would come out saying such a thing. Being from Australia doesn't guarantee you preferential treatment. Maybe this is why you should consider playing a tournament that is hosted the week prior to a grand slam.
 
#45
They could change it for the 1st round and just swap it out with a no name match from the other half and get back on schedule afterwards for the 2nd round. Would give the no names some extra rest that won't benefit them anyway in the 2nd round lol unless it's another no name they meet which doesn't really matter either because they are going to lose in the 3rd lol.
Every round matters for most players in the draw, so the difference between losing in round 2 and round 3 DOES benefit them and DOES really matter. Actually, it's probably more important for them than any results are for the top players.
 
#46
Every round matters for most players in the draw, so the difference between losing in round 2 and round 3 DOES benefit them and DOES really matter. Actually, it's probably more important for them than any results are for the top players.
Individually yes. Australia itself and the rest of the world.. Not really.
 
#47
This is absolutely absurd. Alex can ask all he wants, but IMO, he doesn't deserve, nor has he earned any special treatment whatsoever. If he didn't want to be tired for the AO, he didn't have to enter Sydney. But he did, and he played well enough to win. That's the way it is now. He's 19 years old FFS, and he shouldn't have an issue with being tired so early in the season.
 
#48
Individually yes. Australia itself and the rest of the world.. Not really.
True, but the claim would have to be that the schedule should treat the players fairly, regardless of whether that's best for TV.

Anyway, whether Federer or Nadal wins also doesn't really matter to Australia itself or the rest of the world. Not in the grand scheme of things.
 
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