London | Even if he reaches the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday, Denis Shapovalov believes the situation is “far from ideal” during his two weeks in London. Due to the rain that disturbed the competition schedules on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Canadian finds himself forced to play three matches in as many days.
An extremely rare occurrence in the four Grand Slams, athletes generally benefit from a rest day between their meetings.
Moreover, having finished his game at the end of the afternoon on Wednesday, the 26thH The favorite returned to the field at dinnertime on Thursday to take on France’s Gregoire Barrier (49).H World), which he beat 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(7).
“I thought they would put me on the schedule a little later, and raise the Canadian, who has a sore knee, like his compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime. But that’s life when it’s rain-delayed at a major tournament. They have to juggle schedules and that’s a bit difficult.
20 minutes on the grass
However, “Shapo” will be able to benefit from a slightly longer rest period on Friday. He will play the third game of the day against local favorite Liam Brodie, 142H player in the world.
Due to rain, Bianca Andreescu had to wait two more days to win her first round meeting against Hungary’s Ana Bondar, 110H World racket (6-3, 3-6, 6-2).
Injured wrist (rarely Canadian players who aren’t struggling a bit right now!), 50H The world was happy last weekend to start its tournament only on Tuesday.
But that extra wait wasn’t necessarily good for the 2019 US Open champion, who was only able to hit “45 minutes in two days,” including “20 minutes on the grass.”
Andreescu said who will face 26H Ukrainian top seed Anhelina Kalinina on Friday. “But that’s the reality for a lot of players right now.”
“I just try to control what I can,” she continued. And that sort of thing, I can’t do anything about it until I’m a favorite again [ces dernières ont plus souvent droit aux stades dotés d’un toit rétractable]. ”
“Which will be soon,” she added, smiling.
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