Stars Threaten Boycott Of Big Tourney
Stars Threaten Boycott Of Big Tourney, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are fed up with the Madrid Open and its unique courts.In a span of 24 hours, Rafael Nadal lost and threatened to boycott next year’s tournament, Novak Djokovic issued the same declaration and Ion Tiriac, the billionaire responsible for Madrid’s controversial blue courts, apologized for the slippery surface. Given these developments, it’s not unreasonable to assume the world’s top players won their passive-aggressive battle against the colored clay surface.
But not so fast, says Tiriac.
“It’s a pity,” he said of Nadal and Djokovic’s threats. “I would be very sad if they did not play.”
The tennis promoter was referring to Nadal’s comments made after a three-set loss to Fernando Verdasco.
“The ATP and the tournament can do what they want,” an irritated Nadal told the press. “The only thing that I know is that if things continue like this I am very sad but next year will be one less tournament in my calendar.”
(Reading Nadal’s quotes over the past two weeks, it’s easy to see why he’s let Novak Djokovic take up permanent residence in his head. Rafa can’t let things go.)
His Uncle Toni echoed the same sentiments. “I told Rafa not to play [Madrid] this year and I hope he doesn’t play the next time,” he told El Pais.
Novak Djokovic, who won his third-round match on Thursday, hinted that he’d skip Madrid too if the courts remain.