Shapo unleashes on the FO as “trash!”

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Denis unloads on the balls, the scheduling and the security precautions at RG:

Absolutely awful’: Furious star unloads on ‘trash’ French Open

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov lost a five-hour epic at Roland Garros on Thursday before blasting the “trash” and “unacceptable” scheduling.

The highly-rated Canadian, who recently broke into the world top 10 for the first time, lost 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 to Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena, ranked a lowly 101.

Despite a draining second round clash, the 21-year-old Shapovalov fumed at organisers who had also scheduled him to play doubles with India’s Rohan Bopanna later in the day.

“Scheduling is absolutely awful. It’s just complete trash,” said Shapovalov who was hoping to make the third round in Paris for the first time just weeks after his best run at the majors, a quarter-final appearance in the US Open.

“It’s disappointing. I mean you’re in a Grand Slam and I don’t want to sound spoiled, but you expect at least some help from the tournament to help you compete.”

“How am I supposed to come out and play doubles now after a five-hour match? It’s a first round as well, they could have scheduled it way better, way easier, I mean it’s not acceptable.”

He ended the match having committed 106 unforced errors while coming to the net 103 times, a rare tactic on slow clay courts.

“It’s impossible to hit a winner with these balls, so I figured I might as well come to the net because I’m just not going to sit there and play a 10-hour match,” he said.

In Rome, I could hit big, I actually hit winners. Here it’s just like the ball’s not going anywhere. So it’s just annoying that you have to be in that situation because it shouldn’t be that heavy and that difficult.”

Shapovalov also aimed a broadside over the security at the players’ hotels in Paris which are intended to be bio-secure in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Players and their entourages are supposed to only leave the hotels to compete and practice.

“There is no bubble,” claimed Shapovalov. “You can leave the hotel, you can go to the city, there’s no problem, there’s nobody stopping you. New York (which operated a ‘bubble’ for the US Open) was done way better.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/coupler.foxsports.com.au/api/v1/article/amp/tennis/french-open/french-open-2020-denis-shapovalov-blasts-roland-garros-organisers-results-scores/news-story/c9e789a2eb77b7062939e5755933af8a
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Salient point from Shapo’s rant:

“It’s impossible to hit a winner with these balls, so I figured I might as well come to the net because I’m just not going to sit there and play a 10-hour match. In Rome, I could hit big, I actually hit winners. Here it’s just like the ball’s not going anywhere. So it’s just annoying that you have to be in that situation because it shouldn’t be that heavy and that difficult.”
 
Lol you guys get so offended if anyone says anything that goes against your opinion. I swear the tournament organizers could have literally broken Shapo's leg in the middle of the court and y'all would be talking about how Shapo is spoiled and just complaining.

He is mad about scheduling, ball quality/conditions, and COVID safety. He makes salient points about them and echoes what other players have said.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Denis unloads on the balls, the scheduling and the security precautions at RG:

Absolutely awful’: Furious star unloads on ‘trash’ French Open

Canada’s Denis Shapovalov lost a five-hour epic at Roland Garros on Thursday before blasting the “trash” and “unacceptable” scheduling.

The highly-rated Canadian, who recently broke into the world top 10 for the first time, lost 7-5, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 to Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena, ranked a lowly 101.

Despite a draining second round clash, the 21-year-old Shapovalov fumed at organisers who had also scheduled him to play doubles with India’s Rohan Bopanna later in the day.

“Scheduling is absolutely awful. It’s just complete trash,” said Shapovalov who was hoping to make the third round in Paris for the first time just weeks after his best run at the majors, a quarter-final appearance in the US Open.

“It’s disappointing. I mean you’re in a Grand Slam and I don’t want to sound spoiled, but you expect at least some help from the tournament to help you compete.”

“How am I supposed to come out and play doubles now after a five-hour match? It’s a first round as well, they could have scheduled it way better, way easier, I mean it’s not acceptable.”

He ended the match having committed 106 unforced errors while coming to the net 103 times, a rare tactic on slow clay courts.

“It’s impossible to hit a winner with these balls, so I figured I might as well come to the net because I’m just not going to sit there and play a 10-hour match,” he said.

In Rome, I could hit big, I actually hit winners. Here it’s just like the ball’s not going anywhere. So it’s just annoying that you have to be in that situation because it shouldn’t be that heavy and that difficult.”

Shapovalov also aimed a broadside over the security at the players’ hotels in Paris which are intended to be bio-secure in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Players and their entourages are supposed to only leave the hotels to compete and practice.

“There is no bubble,” claimed Shapovalov. “You can leave the hotel, you can go to the city, there’s no problem, there’s nobody stopping you. New York (which operated a ‘bubble’ for the US Open) was done way better.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/coupler.foxsports.com.au/api/v1/article/amp/tennis/french-open/french-open-2020-denis-shapovalov-blasts-roland-garros-organisers-results-scores/news-story/c9e789a2eb77b7062939e5755933af8a
bet he won't be saying that if he won
 

E36BMWM3

Hall of Fame
I can understand him complaining about "scheduling" if the doubles match was scheduled BEFORE the singles match. But had he won against RCB he could've just pulled out of doubles and the tourney directors would've been understanding of that. Just a salty kid looking to place blame and redirect the anger of the loss elsewhere. What a schmuck. Go rap... better yet, don't.
 

HBK4life

Semi-Pro
I am glad no one cares about tennis In America because I am embarrassed to be part of this sport. Everyone is a victim. Even high paid athletes.
 

Meles Fan.

Professional
Drip ft. Corentin Moutet.
Next gen are more suited to be rappers then professional tennis players.

I think he raised some good points though. The scheduling isn't ideal, and he's not the first to complain about the balls. And the security is alarming, I'm glad somebody said something about it.
Agreed about the scheduling its always been so bad at the FO.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
He's basically explaining why no top singles players participate in doubles anymore. It's not the tournament's fault that you took 5 hours to finish your 2nd round match.
That's a reasonable point. Shapo said in 2018 he wants to play doubles for the experience at net and also making more money. His remarks about the balls and how it's impossible to hit winners is the big take away from his mini-rant.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
That's a reasonable point. Shapo said in 2018 he wants to play doubles for the experience at net and also making more money. His remarks about the balls and how it's impossible to hit winners is the big take away from his mini-rant.
For us, sure. But they used "trash" as the headline bait and that part was specifically about playing doubles. If the balls had been flying and he finished in 3.5 hours instead of 5 he'd still be calling the tourny trash for the scheduling.
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
No wonder Djokovic says the heavy ball suits his game because he doesn't hit winners he just keeps the ball in play until his opponent makes an error.
Quite hilarious comment considering Djokovic and Nadal's stats through the first two rounds are remarkably similar.

Points playedWinners% winnerOpponents' UE% opp. UE
Djokovic2495722.9%5220.8%
Nadal2806322.5%5620.0%
 
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clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Quite hilarious considering Djokovic and Nadal's stats through the first two rounds are remarkably similar.

Points playedWinners% winnerOpponent UE% opp. UE
Djokovic2495722.9%5220.8%
Nadal2806322.5%5620.0%
It's Djokovic who has said the heavy ball suits his game style.
 

Navdeep Srivastava

Hall of Fame
For us, sure. But they used "trash" as the headline bait and that part was specifically about playing doubles. If the balls had been flying and he finished in 3.5 hours instead of 5 he'd still be calling the tourny trash for the scheduling.
Scheduling was indeed trash, they didn't schedule day before because Sock has a match so they kept in mind about Sock but not about him
 

Musterrific

Semi-Pro
Odd that he complained about the scheduling. Doubles is not physically taxing for a top player - it's basically a practice session.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Odd that he complained about the scheduling. Doubles is not physically taxing for a top player - it's basically a practice session.
But his doubles match was scheduled to start right after he just finished a 5 hour singles match that he lost 8-6 in the fifth set.

On the other hand, I kind of doubt he and his partner were going to win that doubles match anyway. They drew Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil in the first round. Pop-Sock won Wimbledon together and might be one of the favorites for the French doubles title, despite not being seeded. Shapo and Bopanna losing 2-6, 2-6 was probably going to happen even if he was fully rested.

As for Shapo's complaints about the bubble, he's just joining what other people are saying:

 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Salient point from Shapo’s rant:

“It’s impossible to hit a winner with these balls, so I figured I might as well come to the net because I’m just not going to sit there and play a 10-hour match. In Rome, I could hit big, I actually hit winners. Here it’s just like the ball’s not going anywhere. So it’s just annoying that you have to be in that situation because it shouldn’t be that heavy and that difficult.”
I think the cool temperature was probably more a factor than the balls. I played most of last year on red clay in South America, in a hot climate. My regular opponents were better than me, and bigger hitters than me. The times that I beat them were usually when it got a lot colder, because it was much more favorable to play defensive or counterpunching style tennis.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
I don't see the big deal. He could have used it as a light hit and to shake off the rage of failing to serve out the singles match 3 times in the 5th set.
Except it's not just all about him. His partner, Bopanna, is a doubles specialist and I don't think Shapo felt like he was able to bring his best to the match. And given the early timeframe, the officials didn't need to schedule the doubles match right after his singles. But I still think they would have lost either way. To me, his beef with the scheduling and the tennis balls is minor compared to the issues that are being raised with the bubble and COVID-19 safety for the players. It appears that the US Open was superior in that regard, keeping the players isolated in better conditions, with amenities to make it more comfortable and fun for them between matches. Ironically, the only people that seemed to complain about the New York conditions were the French players, and it turns out that their home Slam is worse.
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
No wonder Djokovic says the heavy ball suits his game because he doesn't hit winners he just keeps the ball in play until his opponent makes an error.
If his opponents can't put winners past him, it's not his problem!

Heavy ball suits somebody who owns the king of grass on his domain?
 

Navdeep Srivastava

Hall of Fame
Except it's not just all about him. His partner, Bopanna, is a doubles specialist and I don't think Shapo felt like he was able to bring his best to the match. And given the early timeframe, the officials didn't need to schedule the doubles match right after his singles. But I still think they would have lost either way. To me, his beef with the scheduling and the tennis balls is minor compared to the issues that are being raised with the bubble and COVID-19 safety for the players. It appears that the US Open was superior in that regard, keeping the players isolated in better conditions, with amenities to make it more comfortable and fun for them between matches. Ironically, the only people that seemed to complain about the New York conditions were the French players, and it turns out that their home Slam is worse.
Yep, perfectly said, can't belive some European players boycotted Us open for this
 

kaninfaan

Rookie
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Players and their entourages are supposed to only leave the hotels to compete and practice.

“There is no bubble,” claimed Shapovalov. “You can leave the hotel, you can go to the city, there’s no problem, there’s nobody stopping you.
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Whatever happened to a sense of personal responsibility?
You know, doing what's right, all on your own?
 
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