Former Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on tournament officials over Tuesday’s controversial decision to play in the rain.
Ferrer was defeated 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 by Czech Tomas Berdych Wednesday in their fourth-round tie held over after just three games were possible on Tuesday. Berdych now faces Novak Djokovic in today’s quarter-final.
An angry Ferrer later branded the decision to play on Tuesday a “rip-off” and accused Roland Garros organisers of not caring about the players.
“Despite the rain they decided to carry on playing so they don’t have to reimburse ticket costs therefore they win money,” he told reporters.
“Ultimately it’s the players the ones they care the least about in this tournament. That’s a fact. We played for two hours and one minute and then stopped,” he added.
“That’s what they wanted. They got paid, they made money… What else can I say? Opinions on this will vary,” he said. “There will be people thinking that was the right thing to do and the opposite. Nevertheless in my opinion that’s not correct. I think this is a scam.”
“The conditions were not suitable. Fortunately nobody was hurt,” added Ferrer.
Ferrer was not the only player to express anger at the decision to play on in the rain. Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis also complained following his 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 fourth-round defeat to 12th seed David Goffin.
“I think that we went on court when it wasn’t really playable because it was drizzling all the time,” said Gulbis of Tuesday’s decision. “I don’t think the players should walk on court while it’s raining.”
“If it starts raining while we play, then we keep on playing until it’s playable. But to walk on with rain, I don’t think it’s the right decision,” he added.
Goffin agreed, adding that the conditions were a “nightmare.”
“I was waiting all day. I was completely exhausted in the evening. I was almost certain we wouldn’t play, we wouldn’t be sent to the courts to play,” he said. “Yet they said, ‘Just try.’”
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