The Norwegian Casper Ruud, 8th in the ATP, and the Canadian Vasek Pospisil, 287th, criticized during the Association of Professional Tennis Players (ATP) after the confirmation of the withdrawal of the Italian Jannik Sinner, 4th, from the Paris-Bercy Masters.
Sinner claimed “physical fatigue” to withdraw from the French competition. The young man closed the tournament schedule this Wednesday, in a battle against the North American Mackenzie McDonald. The match, which started around 0:00 local time, continued until 2:20 am. Sinner was scheduled to return to the courts today, around 4pm local time for the clash with Australian Alex de Minaur.
“Bravo ATP, what a way to help one of the best players in the world recover and be as ready as possible when he finished his previous match at 2:37 in the morning. (It’s) 14.5 hours to recover… what a joke!” , wrote the Norwegian sharing the schedule scheduled for this Thursday in Paris.
Vasek Pospisil quoted Ruud’s tweet explaining that the ATP’s disregard for tennis players is not new and thanks to schedules like this, he acquired a series of spinal injuries: “The ATP never cared about the players. In 2018 I finished a battle of 3am to 12:45am and was scheduled to play at 1pm the next day. No kidding. All they could say was, “This is within the rules.” The next day, I had a herniated disc after 4 games, had surgery and was away for 9 months”.