Day two of French Open beset by Nadal, Djokovic controversy

Spain's Rafael Nadal takes part in a training session on a court at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 23, 2014. (AFP)

Fans are turning their attention to day two of the 2014 French Open, with men’s top seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic set to take to the court on Monday.

Controversy has surrounded the second day of matches, with some tennis buffs complaining about No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal’s first matchup being played on Court Suzanne Lenglen, not the main court at the grounds.

That honor has instead gone to No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic.

Nick Nemeroff of Tennis View Magazine expressed his disappointment on Twitter:

“Beyond shocked to see that Nadal is scheduled to play on Lenglen tomorrow. Very disrespectful for a guy who is 59-1 at the tournament.”

However, while many disagree with the move, tennis insider Tom Perrotta believes it is a smart decision.

“I like Nadal on Lenglen. Gives people a chance to watch him from closer up. Good for fans with tix. Long tournament. Not disrespectful.”

For his part, Djokovic is set to face opponent Joao Sousa.

When asked about what his lack of success in the annual event, Djokovic told ESPN UK about how he perceives the French Open.

“Knowing that I have gotten closer and closer each year to the title gives me enough reason to be confident for the start of this year. It's a Grand Slam. It's a two-week long event, best-of-five [sets], and there is a feeling that almost all of the players who are participating in the event have an extra motivation to perform well.”
 

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