New balls please: British ace says he 'wouldn’t give French Open balls to a dog' as he becomes latest star to savage tournament
The balls at this year’s event are being provided by Wilson, who sponsor Evans, after the French Open ended their partnership with Babolat last year.
Evans was beaten in five sets by Nishikori on the clay courts in Paris and joined the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in criticizing the balls.
“Some of those balls we were using you wouldn't give to a dog to chew,” he said.
“It's brutal. It's so cold. I think the balls are the biggest thing.
“Maybe they got it a little wrong with the balls. It's tough to get that ball to go anywhere. That ball's a bit too heavy, I think.”
Some fans agreed with Evans on Twitter.
One wrote that “the ball sounds heavy and dull coming off the players’ rackets,” while another asked “what kind of trash balls did Wilson turn out for this tournament?”
Watching on Tennis Channel. The ball sounds heavy and dull coming off the players’ raquets. Is that the acoustics of the stadium or the new balls?— Kim Barney (@KimAms) September 27, 2020
Others felt Evans might have had a different take had he come out on top against Nishikori.
“But what if he won?” asked one Twitter user, while another accused Evans of making “excuses” and branded him “pathetic.”
More excuses from Evans. Pathetic. Wouldn't expect any better from him.— TheCritic (@Crittruth) September 28, 2020
However, the 30-year-old isn’t the only player who preferred the balls supplied by Babolat, who had provided them at the Grand Slam since 2011.
Prior to the tournament, 12-time French Open winner Nadal said “it’s not a good ball to play on clay” and that it’s “super heavy,” making it “dangerous for the elbow and for the shoulders.”Also on rt.com 'It's so cold': Nadal wary of 'extreme' conditions as he prepares for French Open and shot at record-equaling 20th Grand Slam
World no. 1 Djokovic also agreed with Nadal about the balls being heavy, although he questioned whether the cold conditions are more to blame.
The Grand Slam typically begins in May but was postponed until late September amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday, Victoria Azarenka and her opponent Danka Kovinic temporarily walked out on their match at the French capital, complaining at the “completely ridiculous” temperature and wet and windy conditions.Also on rt.com 'It's too cold... I live in Florida': French Open begins with farce as frozen female tennis 'divas' demand to leave court (VIDEO)