The ninth Canadian Denis Shapovalov hit the organizers of the French Open after his elimination from the men’s singles tournament when he criticized everything from the balls to the biosecure bubble to the tournament schedule.

Shapovalov served twice for the game but eventually lost to Spain’s World No. 101 Roberto Carballes Baena 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 after a five-hour epic.

And after his participation in the often criticized tournament ended on Thursday, Shapovalov targeted the tournament administrators for not creating an environment or tournament that would allow players to assert themselves at their best.



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“The planning is absolutely terrible,” said Shapovalov after retiring from the second round.

“Now, after a five-hour game, I have to play doubles. It’s just like it’s just a complete rubbish plan. It’s disappointing.”

“I mean, you’re in a Grand Slam and I don’t want to sound spoiled, but you at least expect some help from the tournament to help you compete.

“How am I supposed to get out after a five hour game and play doubles now? It’s a first round too, you could have planned it much better.”



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Shapovalov came to Roland Garros in solid form and was considered a potential dark horse for the tournament after breaking into the top 10.

But he struggled with the slow playing court and heavy tennis balls used during the tournament that were criticized by a number of players.

“These conditions were stacked against me,” said Shapovalov, who reached his first Grand Slam quarter-finals at the last US Open.

“It is impossible to hit a winner with these balls. In my opinion, it shouldn’t be that hard and that difficult.”



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Shapovalov criticized the bio-safe bladder, which is said to help prevent COVID-19 infections.

“Honestly, I think they are not doing a good job. There really is no bubble, especially in the second hotel, I heard,” he said.

“You can leave the hotel, you can go into town, there is no problem, there is no one to stop you.

“New York was made a lot better.”



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