Daniil Medvedev has lodged a recent criticism in regards to the dimension of the tennis balls on the ATP Tour after his win within the Vienna Open quarter-finals. Novak Djokovic has aired related issues, hanging out on the sport’s governing physique for failing to prioritise issues of participant welfare.
Medvedev has been on the comeback path since crashing out of the Shanghai Masters within the second spherical earlier this month, and three wins from three in Austria has punched his ticket to the semi-finals.
French teenager Arthur Fils, Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov and eighth seed Karen Khachanov have been all seen off by Medvedev, who faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in a mouth-watering match-up on Saturday.
However not all the things goes nicely for the Russian, who’s complaining of shoulder ache and needs the ATP to take heed to gamers over tennis ball issues.
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“You hit the ball ten instances and you’ve got the sensation that each time it turns into greater, greater and larger,” he stated. “It swells quite a bit. I do not need to really feel shoulder ache for the remainder of my life. I hope an answer will be discovered.”
Medvedev isn’t the one participant placing stress on the ATP to make modifications. Earlier this month, 24-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic labelled the governing physique’s failure to have interaction ‘incomprehensible’.
“There’s actually a connection between frequent accidents of the wrist, elbow, and shoulder with ball modifications,” he defined. “Generally that change of balls occurs thrice in three weeks relying on the place we play, and it impacts the well being of the gamers and the joints themselves.
“In that sense, I help the gamers complaining and asking the ATP to discover a method to resolve it. They should discover a answer. I didn’t see that the ATP issued any assertion concerning the gamers’ complaints, and these are issues which can be incomprehensible to me.
“I don’t perceive why there may be silence from their facet. I hope they may realise that there merely have to be direct communication. Silence won’t change something.”
Djokovic has been out of motion since beating Medvedev in September’s US Open last, however the Serb will likely be again on the courtroom subsequent week on the Paris Masters.