LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic mentioned the beginning instances for the night periods on the All England Club had been successfully turning Wimbledon into an indoor tournament for gamers scheduled to play late matches on the principle showcourts.
The reigning champion beat wildcard Tim van Rijthoven in 4 units beneath the Centre Court lights on Sunday, organising 1 / 4-last in opposition to younger gun Jannik Sinner in a match that completed at about 10.40 pm native time (0940 GMT).
“I do not see a purpose why there would not be an earlier begin,” Djokovic informed reporters.
“If you are scheduled final on the Centre, you are going to find yourself a match beneath the roof, which modifications the circumstances, the model of play, the best way you progress on the courtroom. It’s extra slippery. The lights.
“It’s actually an indoor tournament in many of the circumstances whenever you’re scheduled final on Centre or Court One.”
The begin of Djokovic’s match on Sunday was additional delayed by a ceremony marking the centenary of Centre Court involving a parade of champions.
“Of course right this moment it was an important day,” the six-instances Wimbledon champion added.
“For me it was an honour. I used to be very completely happy to be a part of it. It’s a type of distinctive moments that you simply get to dwell as a tennis participant, and I’ll cherish it.
“But I believe many of the gamers would in all probability agree that we’d all need the beginning of the match on Centre Court pushed earlier.”
While a lot later finishes are frequent on the Australian and U.S. Opens, Wimbledon was unable to host matches after darkish till the retractable roof and floodlights had been put in on Centre Court for the 2009 championships.
This 12 months play was scheduled over all 14 days of the tournament, bringing an finish to the custom of a day without work on the center Sunday to permit the grass courts to get better.
Djokovic mentioned that whereas he revered the traditions of the tournament, the modifications illustrated that alterations could possibly be made to the schedule.
“Since there are some modifications this 12 months that we by no means thought we might see in Wimbledon, why not transfer it for half an hour, one hour earlier?” he mentioned. “I believe it might be fairly useful to complete matches possibly not utilizing the roof.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly, Writing by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)