Most of you reading this, if not all of you, like me, have never organised the seedings at a Grand Slam tennis event. As a result, it is difficult for us to understand the job and how it works, but surely some more common sense had to prevail in this year’s French Open organisation.
We’ve been braced for this for a while I suppose, but the final that every man, woman and dog would like to see at Roland Garros this year will actually be happening four days and two rounds too soon.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic came through their fourth round matches on Monday to book a meeting in the last eight this Wednesday. Ridiculous.
The story that has kept the tennis world gripped for months now will not be played to the occasion it truly deserves, and I hope that whoever decided the seedings this year in hanging his or her head in shame.
Whoever conquers who in this personal and monumental match will not have the opportunity to celebrate properly, nor will they receive the conclusion or silverware it truly warrants. They’ll still have days before a final that will perhaps the most anti-climactic build-up of any major tennis tournament over the last few years.
Djokovic, considering the amazing 2015 he has had to-date, was always going to be seeded number one despite this being the one tournament that he has never conquered; nobody has a problem with that.
However, to cast Nadal off as the sixth seed and thereby ensuring that any match between the ‘King of Clay’ and his worthy challenger would be anything other than a final is absolutely appalling. It shows a lack of respect to the Spaniard, a nine-time winner of the French Open who has lost just once there in his entire career.
Not even Djokovic will be happy I’m sure. Surely the Serb, if he is to finally overcome Nadal and subsequently complete his Career Slam, would rather it be as the last match – the big final showdown.
You then look around at the other quarter-finals; Andy Murray versus David Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka versus Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga… I do not wish to be disrespectful, but the fact that one of Nishikori or Tsonga will be in the last four at the expense of Nadal or Djokovic is quite frankly ludicrous.
Elsewhere in the world of sport, football has had a bad week after the revelations of some shocking failings by the people who run it.
Well, Tennis, or more specifically the tournament directors, should hang its and their head in shame too – it might not be criminal, but it’s not far off fraud to the fans that have expected a great final.