The King of Clay can’t swallow it. After his first and troubled session on thursday on the controversial blue clay, he had some more thoughts to share.
The Mallorcan is now blaming the ATP for what is happening.
“My thoughts haven’t changed on the concept and organization of this tournament,” Nadal said. “My criticism is not directed at the tournament but at the ATP, which should never have allowed such a change at a tournament of this scale.”
“This is a clay-court event that is least like a clay-court event. There is always a chance of playing worse here,” Nadal added. “I only speak my mind for the good of the tour and the players, so that we have a clay tournament with few problems.”
From the ATP side: “The ATP granted this permission for one year with the understanding that it will be reviewed following the event, of course taking into account feedback from players,” they said. “We believe it is a good thing that our tournaments are trying to be innovative.”
The overall impression is that the biggest enemy Rafa will face in Madrid is himself. If he can’t get over it, he won’t go much further in the draw. (that is also quite tough for him)
Time to go back to his usual (and legendary) focus without any other distraction. This is the rule of the game… time to play accordingly.