The Roland-Garros quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was scheduled for the evening session on Tuesday on Prime Video, from 8:45 p.m., but will be “accessible free of charge to everyone in France”, announces the French Tennis Federation (FFT ) in a press release published on Monday.
The Roland-Garros quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic was scheduled for the evening session on Tuesday, from 8:45 p.m., but will be “accessible free of charge to everyone in France”, announces the French Tennis Federation (FFT) in a statement on Monday. The matches of the night session are normally broadcast only on Amazon’s paid platform, Prime Video, when France Télévisions, the historic broadcaster of Roland-Garros, holds the broadcasting rights for the matches played during the day (with the exception of those of the short Simonne-Mathieu).
Nadal preferred to play during the day
Exceptionally, the duel between Nadal and Djokovic can be followed “in France, on Prime Video, mobile and web applications” and viewers will be able to “watch this match on their usual television service” without “any registration or creation of an account”, specifies the FFT. “We regret the decision of the French Tennis Federation which does not allow the public service to broadcast the match by offering fluid and easy access to viewers”, reacted France Télévisions to AFP.
Asked the day before on the subject, Nadal had explained that he preferred “to play during the day”, when Djokovic leaned towards the evening. “I’m very aware that it’s a possibility, if things don’t go my way, that this will be my last game here at Roland-Garros. That’s why I would like to play it during the day”, had argues the Mallorcan, 36 years old on Friday and thirteen times winner on Parisian clay.
A meeting which will be to follow live on Europe 1, official radio of the tournament.
Zverev-Alcaraz also on the program
Future opponent of world No.3 Alexander Zverev in the other quarter-final at the top of the men’s table, the young Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz had estimated that playing again for the third time in the Paris fortnight in the evening would seem “unfair” to him.
Her quarter-final was finally scheduled for the afternoon, after the first two women’s quarter-finals.