Arthur Fils Speaks Out Against Lengthy Breaks in Experimental Tournament

Arthur Fils Speaks Out Against Lengthy Breaks in Experimental Tournament

In an experimental tournament in which the aim is to accelerate the duration of the matches (there is no warm-up on the court, the sets are four games…), it is striking that a player can take a ten-minute break between set and set, something which Arthur Fils didn’t like too much.

The Frenchman arrived as a favorite for the final in Jeddah, although Hamad Medjedovic surprised him in a match that was decided in the fifth set. Arthur was also left with those long pauses between sets that his rival took. “It is a very bad rule. If you want things to go faster, there is no need for 10-minute breaks between sets. They are the rules, so we have to put up with it,” explains the young Frenchman to L’Equipe.

Against those pauses in a tournament like the Next Gen ATP Finals

“We stopped for about eight or ten minutes between the first and second sets, and then between the fourth and fifth. So are the things. When he returned to the track, he was in. I don’t know if he wanted to break my rhythm or get back into the game. He may not be against me and I have no problem with that, but the rule is very bad,” Arthur asserts. “I lost my rhythm a little, after two intense tiebreaks, it is not easy to go back to play the next point ten minutes later. I think that’s something that helped him. He didn’t necessarily do it to harm me, in the end, he’s within the rules. In a Grand Slam, you win the first set 7-6, one hour of play, and it’s normal, but here it’s something you should be able to leave, it’s really stupid.”

His preseason plan with Rafael Nadal

“I’m going to Kuwait this Sunday. I train all week with sparring partners and Rafa arrives on Friday the 8th. From then on, we train together. “I will continue with my preparation.” Arthur also confesses that he will not play the Next Gen ATP Finals again with certainty.

2023-12-03 19:03:37
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