After learning of the one week postponement of Roland-Garros, Alizé Cornet, qualified for the round of 16 in Charleston, strongly criticized this decision, orchestrated by the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu. La Niçoise is furious with the former swimmer and does not hide it.
If there is one player that the postponement of one week of Roland-Garros (from May 30 to June 13, and not from June 24 to 7, as was initially planned) does not thrill, it is Alizé Cornet. Qualified for the 8th finals of the Charleston tournament after her feat at the expense of the Belgian Elise Mertens, world number 17, the Niçoise was quickly disillusioned when she learned that the decision put forward by Roxana Maracineanu had finally been adopted, and validated.
So invited to give her opinion on this report, a little later, on the set of an American television channel, Cornet let go, and did not mince his words when commenting on this new choice of the Minister of Sports, which she considers as regrettable as the precedents made by the former swimmer. “It stays between us, but our sports minister is a disaster, said, furious, the French player. I’m sorry, I have nothing against her, but she only makes bad sports decisions and she doesn’t care. Because I know that (this decision to postpone Roland-Garros by a week) comes from the Government. I’m pretty sure of it. Maybe it’s from the tournament as well, because I heard there might be more audiences if the tournament was postponed for a week. Still, it’s a somewhat selfish decision to be honest, because the schedule is going to suffer from this postponement. “
Cornet: “It’s a shame”
Alize Cornet not happy to be told of the reported postponement of Roland Garros on Tennis Channel.
(I also love that she says “it stays between us” during a live television interview.) pic.twitter.com/IKkS96VQJo
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Continuing without really losing heart despite the seconds that elapsed, the 59th in the WTA standings admits that she Above all, finds it very unfortunate that the main parties concerned, namely the players, have once again not been consulted. “This is my first reaction, hot. Now I understand that it is not a straightforward period for the tournament. But you also have to think about the players and the calendar. And the authorities must be able to adapt this timetable, and I do not know how it will be possible after that (this decision). “With now only two weeks between the end of Roland Garros and the start of Wimbledon (June 28 to July 11), the grass season will also find itself undoubtedly dented by this postponement of the Parisian meeting of the Grand Slam season. And that too, Cornet deplores it. “They’re going to have to cancel at least one grass tournament, it’s really sad. “