Former world number one and 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick has opened up about the reality of Grand Slam scheduling, following negative comments on this month's Australian Open.
The Melbourne-based tournament has been met with widespread criticism, accusing a bias with Roger Federer's matches always seeming to take place at night, whereas rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been playing in the day through searing heat.
While universally adorred, the world number two has caused a stir after admitting to requesting evening matches.
Prior to his remarkable Wimbledon triumph of 2017, Federer's tournament calendar decreased.
Last year, he pulled out of the French Open to focus solely on the grass and hard-court major tournaments.
While disappointing to fans at Roland Garros, his victory in SW19 and 19th career Grand Slam was proof he made the right choice.
At 36 years old, he's under no illusions about the limitations of his body.
This month in Melbourne, second seed Federer has so far defeated Aljaz Bedene, Jan-Lennard Struff, and now Richard Gasquet, all during the evening.
Having lost four Grand Slam finals to Federer, Roddick candidly explained via Twitter why the Swiss superstar has been given a favourable schedule.
"Let’s not pretend like this isn’t a business.
"The longer Roger is in an event, the more eyeballs are on screens, the more ad/sponsor money in etc ....... so yes, they will listen to what the stars have to say. It’s sensical.
"I can’t tell you how many times at US based tournies I played second night match after Andre/Pete.
"Not the preferred time w recovery etc. I couldn’t possibly complain, as they built the tournaments and audiences I was gonna play for .... not fun starting at 11 at night, but fair.
"Playing parts of draws on different days will ensure nothing is ever 100 percent fair.
"Of the 5 slam finals I played, 4 of them I had to play a semi the day before .... rain, scheduling, TV preferred matches etc. Fair is often an illusion. I always understood the reasoning."
It must be hard to say no to the greatest player of all time.
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