To russian Daniil Medvedev He did not like the experience of playing on the night shift at Roland Garros, a novelty this season and which will remain in time after the remodeling of the central court with a retractable roof and artificial lighting.
Starting at 9 at night, it ended before dawn against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, against whom he lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) and 7-5. Roger Federer, in his duel with the German Dominik Koepfer, he left the facility after two o’clock the next day.
This edition has the peculiarity that at night it is being played without an audience, because until this Wednesday, when the last night session is played, there was a curfew in Paris. Spectators had to leave the venue at eight thirty in the afternoon.
The organization reached an agreement with Amazon to exclusively broadcast the game at 9:00 p.m. in France. A premiere. Medvedev criticized the programming formula and also the distribution of money.
He denounced that the tournament was driven exclusively by money, referring to Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton as an example that the economy rules the sport.
“It’s actually funny because yesterday I started the third season of ‘Drive To Survive’, and I think the first or second episode is called“ Cash Is King ”(money is king). When the pandemic started they were in Australia prepared to race in F1, and they asked Lewis hamilton what he thought about racing in the conditions the world was in right now. And he said, I don’t know what we’re doing here. And then they asked him why you think they make you run. And he said, “Money is king.”
And Medvedev concluded: “The same thing happened here. Our game was definitely the game of the day, which is why Roland Garros preferred Amazon to fans. people. It’s that easy ”.
His dart was not going to the Amazon brand, but clearly to Roland Garros. This was stated by complaining about the distribution of prizes. “It’s good when you have sponsors because that’s how there is tennis and the players can make money, but we actually have more viewers this year at Roland Garros (than in 2020), we have Amazon, which I don’t know if they had it last year, and tenitas get 15 percent less prize money. The question is where is the Amazon money?
Medvedev cashed 250,000 euros gross as a quarterfinalist.