"Why the French Open is the Worst Grand Slam"

Benjamin Rio

Professional
The realistic reason is, people are bored watching Nadal dominate everyone or just do not like Nadal. When their favorite player gets their butt handed to them and Nadal takes the title, yet again on clay, they start throwing shade on the surface to cover and make excuses.

Simple as that. Easy to spot in this thread and in all the discussions.
I do not like Nadal but i enjoy clay.:):)
 

marc45

G.O.A.T.
“Tennis Channel's 15-day live coverage of the French Open averaged 266,000 viewers in 2019 according to Nielsen. Compared with 187,000 viewers on average in 2018, the network saw a 42-percent increase in audiences watching its live telecast of the sport's second major.”
 

flanker2000fr

Professional
Half witted, biased article.

1. Roof: RG is played inside the city limits of central Paris. It took them for ages to get all of the agreements, and fight all of the neighbour's appeals, to revamp the stadium. All of the other slams are played in distant suburbs. And there will be a roof next year.
Hawkeye: is more debatable, but apparently not 100% reliable on clay because of the dust (i.e. Hawkeye could give a ball just out, when the dust moved by the impact could show it just clipping the line). There, though, I agree that if a technology was found to be reliable, it should be used.

2. Crowd: empty corporate boxes are an issue everywhere. To give the example of the semis this year, on a day where a terrible storm was battering France (and killing 3 people of the Atlantic coast), is biased at best, dishonest at worst

3. Predictability: it's only down to one factor - the monster that is Rafael Nadal. Being "the least competitive surface" is nothing short of a joke, when European players, who have dominated the game for years, mostly grew up on that surface

4. Boring: if one is just interested in people bashing into a ball and relying solely on power, maybe. But clay forces you to think a lot more, develop a strategy and add variety to one's game, like the ability to use drop shots and conclude at the net. Again, to say that "very few feel totally comfortable" on the surface is a joke when the vast majority of European and South Americans grew up on the surface.
 

thrust

Hall of Fame
Half witted, biased article.

1. Roof: RG is played inside the city limits of central Paris. It took them for ages to get all of the agreements, and fight all of the neighbour's appeals, to revamp the stadium. All of the other slams are played in distant suburbs. And there will be a roof next year.
Hawkeye: is more debatable, but apparently not 100% reliable on clay because of the dust (i.e. Hawkeye could give a ball just out, when the dust moved by the impact could show it just clipping the line). There, though, I agree that if a technology was found to be reliable, it should be used.

2. Crowd: empty corporate boxes are an issue everywhere. To give the example of the semis this year, on a day where a terrible storm was battering France (and killing 3 people of the Atlantic coast), is biased at best, dishonest at worst

3. Predictability: it's only down to one factor - the monster that is Rafael Nadal. Being "the least competitive surface" is nothing short of a joke, when European players, who have dominated the game for years, mostly grew up on that surface

4. Boring: if one is just interested in people bashing into a ball and relying solely on power, maybe. But clay forces you to think a lot more, develop a strategy and add variety to one's game, like the ability to use drop shots and conclude at the net. Again, to say that "very few feel totally comfortable" on the surface is a joke when the vast majority of European and South Americans grew up on the surface.
EXCELLENT POST, FAIR AND ACCURATE!
 

Rogfan

Professional
Half witted, biased article.

1. Roof: RG is played inside the city limits of central Paris. It took them for ages to get all of the agreements, and fight all of the neighbour's appeals, to revamp the stadium. All of the other slams are played in distant suburbs. And there will be a roof next year.
Hawkeye: is more debatable, but apparently not 100% reliable on clay because of the dust (i.e. Hawkeye could give a ball just out, when the dust moved by the impact could show it just clipping the line). There, though, I agree that if a technology was found to be reliable, it should be used.

2. Crowd: empty corporate boxes are an issue everywhere. To give the example of the semis this year, on a day where a terrible storm was battering France (and killing 3 people of the Atlantic coast), is biased at best, dishonest at worst

3. Predictability: it's only down to one factor - the monster that is Rafael Nadal. Being "the least competitive surface" is nothing short of a joke, when European players, who have dominated the game for years, mostly grew up on that surface

4. Boring: if one is just interested in people bashing into a ball and relying solely on power, maybe. But clay forces you to think a lot more, develop a strategy and add variety to one's game, like the ability to use drop shots and conclude at the net. Again, to say that "very few feel totally comfortable" on the surface is a joke when the vast majority of European and South Americans grew up on the surface.
The article tries to make sense of the low audience turnout of RG. If you don’t think any of these are a factor, why do you think there’re so many empty seats? Not just this year due to the weather, past years as well. In AO every year, all outside courts from day 1 are almost always full. Even day session main stadiums are usually 60% or more full
 
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