Amelie Mauresmo responds to Djokovic's criticisms over court conditions

Monday, 10 June 2024 at 14:39
Amelie Mauresmo has addressed the criticisms from Novak Djokovic regarding the court conditions at Philippe Chatrier during his fourth-round match against Francisco Cerundolo. The Serbian star was visibly unhappy with the state of the court, voicing his concerns multiple times to the chair umpire and tournament supervisor, and requesting more frequent sweeping.
It is unknown whether the 24-time Grand Slam champion's injury had anything to do with his duel with the Argentine, but it was clear after several slips that he was not comfortable. Djokovic withdrew from the tournament before the quarter-final against Casper Ruud, as an MRI scan revealed a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

Mauresmo's response to Djokovic's criticisms

Tournament director Amelie Mauresmo clarified to the media that players' complaints are considered by the line judges, who ultimately decide if the court conditions are inadequate: “It’s not just the player who asks, it’s also the referee’s decision,” she explained.
“The tournament supervisor was also on the court that day, and also made the decision not to do so (to sweep the court),” Mauresmo added. “These decisions are taken on the spot, with the people who can judge them. That’s what happened. The decision you have seen has been made,” she concluded.
Djokovic underwent surgery and will miss the Grass-swing, which leaves him out of Wimbledon, where he is defending points for being runner-up a year ago. It will be at least three weeks of recovery, although it could be longer. Djokovic's big goal is to be ready for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris from 27 July.

In the past day, I had to make some tough decisions after sustaining a meniscus tear during my last match. I’m still processing it all but I am happy to update you that the surgery went well. I am so appreciative of the team of doctors who have been by my side…


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