The ATP 1000 tournament in Paris is the last important point in the tennis calendar before the ATP Finals. The organizers were criticized for starting the matches too late in the evening session. For this reason, Jannik Sinner had to withdraw from the competition, as he did not even get a 24-hour break between matches. Now the tournament director commented on these events and presented his own point of view.
Jannik Sinner (4th ATP) came to Paris after winning the ATP 500 tournament in Vienna, which resulted in considerable body fatigue. Additionally, in the second round match (he had a free draw in the first round), he fought a three-set duel with Mackenzie McDonald (ATP 42). The match ended at 2:37 a.m., and the Italian was to play for the quarterfinals just a dozen or so hours later. This made him decide to withdraw from the competition.
The ATP 1000 tournament in Paris has been practically stagnant in terms of organization for years. The facility in Bercy, where the tournament takes place, is also a big problem. It is equipped with only three courts (one central and two side courts), which makes it very difficult for the organizers to maneuver.
Tournament director Cedric Pioline is well aware of the situation.
“We have started an in-depth reflection on the future of the tournament to respond to the new requirements of players and the organization of this type of events. We know that our court no. 1 does not meet the Masters 1000 standards,” he stated directly, quoted by puntodebreak.com.