French Open: Rafael Nadal Relegation to Suzanne Lenglen Court 'Bizarre'

Rafael Nadal, the eight-time French Open champion, will begin his first round match US wildcard Robby Ginepri on Monday at the secondary Suzanne Lenglen Court after schedulers decided to switch it away from the showpiece Philippe Chatrier court.

updated: May 26, 2014 09:04 IST
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Paris: The decision by French Open organisers to relegate eight-time champion Rafael Nadal to the secondary Suzanne Lenglen court at Roland Garros was condemned as "bizarre" on Sunday.

World number one and top seed Nadal would normally be expected to begin his latest campaign on the showpiece Philippe Chatrier court.

But schedulers decided to switch his first round match against US wildcard Robby Ginepri on Monday away from the scene of his historic eight triumphs.

Instead, Philippe Chatrier will stage matches involving title rival Novak Djokovic, who plays Joao Sousa, and Stan Wawrinka's clash against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

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