PARIS—Roger Federer, who won his first-round match on Sunday, discusses his thoughts about Roland Garros’ Sunday start, which the tournament has done since 2006. He appears to be of many minds on the subject.
“I remember they sort of forced me to play on Sunday years back to promote their Sunday thing. I was against it just because I felt like the way they got the Sunday first was maybe, ‘oh, let’s try it out.’ Next thing you know like they have it for a lifetime or what? Is that how it works? So I didn’t agree with how things went along. From that standpoint today, it is what it is, but it is the only Grand Slam that has it. Wimbledon does it in 13 days and the French does it in 15. So it doesn’t make sense, but I do understand that a weekend for tennis is very important for the people who can show up. Anyway is very odd that we do start the tournament week on a Monday where everybody goes back to work. Doesn’t really work. So I get the Sunday start, but it’s always something that’s a debate, within the ATP and the French Open.”
Federer added with a smile that having another victory on Sunday might change his mind.
“But I’m happy this time around. I told them if they wanted me to play Sunday, whatever, I’m fine with it.”