McEnroe pissed off over Nadal draw

Henry

Rafael Nadal, a clay court player in Paris, faced Alexander Zverev in the first round of the French Open on Monday.

Although Nadal showed definite signs of his old brilliant self on court, his German opponent ended up having hopelessly too much ammunition.

After all, Zverev is one of the top players in the ATP rankings and he walked away with the clay court laurels in Rome barely a week before. In contrast, Nadal is still trying to find his feet after his latest injury setback.

John McEnroe attacked the organizers of the Open precisely in the run-up to this duel.

“It makes no sense at all for someone who has already won 14 times in Paris not to be selected now,” the American tennis legend told Marca.

He labeled the decision as madness and added that it was the toughest opening match yet for the Spaniard.

It is true that Nadal came up with some excellent shots against Zverev, but a first-round match against the world no. 4-player was a little above his fire place.

Despite the defeat, the Spanish star can still be proud of his Roland-Garros performances.

“Players like Rafa, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tennis’ superheroes,” said McEnroe.

Nadal said after the disappointment against Zverev that he was still unsure about his French Open future.

“If this was my last French Open match – I’m not 100% sure yet – then I really enjoyed it. The spectators were amazing and they carried me during the training sessions and the game.”

He added that he would like to be part of the Olympic action in Paris.