Wawrinka frustrated by Wimbledon scheduling

by: Kamakshi Tandon July 01, 2014

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Stanislas Wawrinka has expressed frustration with the rain-affected scheduling at Wimbledon after potentially having to play three days in a row to reach the semifinals.

His match was among those postponed to Monday after rain interrupted play on Saturday. After winning his third-round match on Monday, Wawrinka will return Tuesday to play Feliciano Lopez, who defeated John Isner to reach the fourth round. The winner will also have to play the quarterfinals the following day.

Wawrinka said he would have preferred to wait out the rain delay until play resumed. ''For sure I was disappointed,'' said Wawrinka. ''I was expecting them to move matches, move maybe juniors or doubles, to make my match or Isner-Lopez match first on when they start at 5:00 or 6:00 again when it stop raining.''

The other matches scheduled for Saturday were rearranged and played in the evening, though some were stopped for darkness.

''They told us, but then they start to play all matches. Was a perfect day to finish actually and they play so many matches,'' said Wawrinka. ''Then they said for security reason, they didn't want to put our match on a small court. But Nishikori was playing on small courts. All the other match was playing on small courts.''

The fifth seed did note that matches in the same section of the draw were postponed together, so no player would have a fourth-round advantage.

''We play both match in the same times, and we try to finish in the same day or they move everything for Monday. That's what they did,'' he observed, adding, ''But if you look for this week, me or López, Isner have to play three matches in three days, [best of] five-set match. It's terrible for the body.''

But Wawrinka, who was moved from his No. 3 ranking to No. 5 seed for the tournament, said officials did not consult with players. 

''They just say what's going to be the schedule and that's it,'' said Wawrinka. ''Even if you want to talk to them, they're not going to change anything. They don't listen the player. They just do what they think is good for them.''

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