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22-Jan-15 John 
 

The Director of the slam admits they are doing their schedules in order to protect Rafa.

 
 
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2 days ago Rafael Nadal has won an incredibly tough match against Smyczek after going through all sorts of physical problems. According to Uncle Toni Rafa may have suffered from a heat stroke so the organization of the Australian Open decided to take some measures to avoid some more problems to the Spaniard.

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After Rafa's struggle the organization decided to schedule Rafa’s match vs. Sela as the last match in the evening.

From Craig Tyler

The Director of the Australian Open commented "We saw that Rafa lost many liquids and his staff asked us to give him more time to recover. We are in constant contact with the team of players and this decision was a good thing for everyone. Rafael Nadal is one of the great players of this tournament. We have to protect him".

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GH
 
It is 100% wrong.
You can make changes to a schedule because of external factors, like bad weather or lack of visibility, but to accomodate a particular player, its downright unfair to the rest. Honestly, I would think John Isner deserved this "change in schedule" during his 70-68 5th set win in Wimbledon.
I wonder if Federer felt victimized ? Did Nadal feel that it`s "right" when he was informed of the change ?
 Reply 25-Jan-2015
Robert
 
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Originally Posted by Joseph
Definitely sending the wrong message to the other players that have to play in the heat. A part of tennis is fitness, a battle of the fittest. He is no more special than Seppi or Ivanovic or any other player.
100% agree!!!
 Reply 24-Jan-2015
noandroid
 
The gray area is in Novak`s head, and in his lack of ethical judgment, to say that this is "a grey area." It`s not even about broadcast/viewers/spectator draw considerations at all. It is about favoritism for one player who certainly doesn`t deserve it. I have not seen this done for other players.
 Reply 24-Jan-2015
noandroid
 
"They wantd Nadal" ? What does that mean? I thought that the idea was that the one who would fight his way through fairly and squarely, and win through plain merit is the one to get the trophy! This is professional tennis! Woudl this be done at the Olympics?
 Reply 24-Jan-2015
noandroid
 
Absolutely wrong for a Grand Slam, or any tournament to play favorites! What about the other players? Nadal should have forfeited the match in the first place, with so many infractions he was allowed, time between serves, off court twice, medic on court, etc. The other player could have won had it not been for this. I thought sport was about merit and fair play, and not about sponsors being pleased, or organizers. Last year, already, he got extra allowance, running off court twice! This is shameful! Mu second favorite tournament, but now it has been downgraded. You are doing other players a great disservice, as well as the tenis public. No lionheart here: but someone who always take sunfair advantage, is coached oncourt, and is away more than any other player.
 Reply 24-Jan-2015
Joseph
 
Definitely sending the wrong message to the other players that have to play in the heat. A part of tennis is fitness, a battle of the fittest. He is no more special than Seppi or Ivanovic or any other player.
 Reply 23-Jan-2015
Lukas
 
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Originally Posted by Pedro
But it was the right call if they still wanted Nadal. Also Fed loss was really difficult to forecast agaisnt Seppi.
Yes, but if Rafa is unfit, it is his problem. I am sure that also other players have problems, but I doubt they fix their schedules to help them
 Reply 23-Jan-2015
Pedro
 
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Originally Posted by Lukas
Not a good move. To do this they lost Federer that was visibly tired for the heat.
But it was the right call if they still wanted Nadal. Also Fed loss was really difficult to forecast agaisnt Seppi.
 Reply 23-Jan-2015
Lukas
 
Not a good move. To do this they lost Federer that was visibly tired for the heat.
 Reply 23-Jan-2015
Novak
 
This is such a gray area. Few years ago they also complained that the AO was scheduling Fed only in the night. They said it was for broadcasting reasons. Murray`s camp was furious for that
 Reply 23-Jan-2015
Steven
 
Good to help but I wonder if that is fair for Sela or Federer that had to play 2 matches in the heat back to back. I am a bit surprised.
 Reply 23-Jan-2015
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