By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Thursday, November 2, 2023
Schedule makers squeezed his recovery time. Jannik Sinner checked out Paris this week.
World No. 4 Sinner has withdrawn from the Rolex Paris Masters, ceding a walkover to Alex de Minaur, after facing an inexplicable schedule decision.
Vienna champion Sinner completed his three-set win over Mackenzie McDonald at 2:37 a.m. Paris time this morning. Rather than schedule the Sinner vs. de Minaur round-of-16 match as part of the evening schedule, as logic would dictate, Sinner was scheduled fourth on Court Central.
See you in Turin, @janniksin!
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) November 2, 2023
That decision drew outrage from some players, including Casper Ruud, who called out the ATP and the decision as “a joke.”
Bravo @atptour 👏👏 way to help one of the best players in the world recover and be as ready as possible when he finished his previous match at 2:37 am this morning👍👍 14,5 hours to recover.. what a joke🤦 https://t.co/X5GsgY7scj
— Casper Ruud (@CasperRuud98) November 2, 2023
“Bravo @atptour 👏👏 way to help one of the best players in the world recover and be as ready as possible when he finished his previous match at 2:37 am this morning👍👍 14,5 hours to recover.. what a joke🤦” Ruud posted on social media.
Darren Cahill, Sinner’s coach, posted Ruud’s comments on social media.
The fourth-seeded Sinner arrived in Paris having won two of the last three tournaments he entered—Beijing and Vienna—and understandably doesn’t want to risk injury ahead of the ATP Finals starting November 12th in Turin where he will be playing before home fans in Italy.
Meanwhile, some players are questioning the logic behind this week’s Rolex Paris Masters scheduled that also saw Dominic Thiem toiling into the early morning to edge Stan Wawrinka.
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