“That Makes A Big Difference”: Rafael Nadal Reveals Why He Doesn’t Like Night Sessions on Clay

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PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain is seen in action during his first round match against Jordan Thompson of Australia in the French Op at Roland Garros on May 23, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 23: Rafael Nadal of Spain is seen in action during his first-round match against Jordan Thompson of Australia in the French Op at Roland Garros on May 23, 2022, in Paris, France. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal is known for his clay-court performance and records. Most importantly, the Spaniard is a topper of the Roland Garros singles title winners table. And he holds several clay-court records, especially the greatest of all time on clay with 62 of his 91 titles. 

Nevertheless, the 13-time French Open champion surprisingly revealed that he doesn’t like to play night matches on Clay. After the third round match in Paris, Rafael Nadal commented on night sessions and the evolution of Roland Garros. 

“I don’t like night sessions on clay. I said the other day. I am very clear with that. I don’t like to play on clay during the night, because the humidity is higher, the ball is slower, and can be very heavy conditions especially when it’s cold”, Mallorcan explained. 

Further, Nadal continued, “I think that makes a big difference in the way people play tennis on clay during the night and during the day. The rest of the things are simply amazing.”

“The Simonne Mathieu Court Is So Beautiful Too”, says Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard has been playing on the Parisian clay since 2005. And he has won 13 singles titles with a win-loss record of 108-3.

Speaking about the evolution of Roland Garros, Nadal expressed, “The work that Roland Garros and the French Federation did to raise this tournament to the highest standards possible is just fantastic. So just well done to all of them, and thanks for creating constant improvement during these years.”

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: A general view of the night session during the Men's Singles Semi Final between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day Thirteen of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 11: A general view of the night session during the Men’s Singles Semi Final between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day Thirteen of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

“I think the new centre court is amazing. The Simonne Mathieu court is so beautiful too. And the plan to keep going is there. Yeah, I am just very happy to see the most important tournament on the clay improving that much. That’s great news”, the 21-time Grand Slam Champion added.

In his French Open 2022 fourth-round match, Rafael Nadal will face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime

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