Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has once more expressed issues over using the brand new Dunlop tennis balls at quite a lot of ATP laborious courtroom occasions, saying they have been too massive.

Following his 6-4, 6-2 win over Matteo Arnaldi on the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday, the world No. 7 claimed the balls “are like apples” and are inflicting harm to some gamers.

“Final two video games earlier than they modify the balls, the balls are like apples,” Medvedev stated. “They’re so, so massive. You play a bit like padel.

“You hit the ball, whoever hits it at an angle…you do not really feel such as you’re in command of the sport anymore.

“In Doha and right here, it felt like each time… two or three video games with new balls, then the sport will get slower.

“My recreation was 6-4, 6-2 and it was like an hour 40 minutes, which is sort of nonsense, to be sincere. It is as a result of serve would not matter as a lot and it is lengthy stitches.”

This isn’t the primary time that Medvedev has commented on the problem.

“I feel the toughest factor for me was getting used to the balls,” he stated after beating Andy Murray within the Qatar Open ultimate. “I need to speak about {that a} bit extra as a result of in Australia I felt like these balls weren’t good for laborious courts, and within the recreation with [Sebastian] Korda, earlier than the sport, I had a very dangerous ache in my wrist, however I used to be like ‘okay, that is my downside, so I am not going to speak about it an excessive amount of’.

“Then in Rotterdam when the doubles gamers got here to me and began speaking in regards to the balls and began saying everybody had issues with elbows, wrists, doubles gamers, they assume it is is due to the bullets. I am like, ‘wow, so I am not the one one’.

“Now I see [Holger] Rune, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, who else, Korda, any wrist, elbow, shoulder. So I feel these balls aren’t good for laborious courts. They get very fluffy, and like I stated, it is a massive shock to play them together with your racquet.”

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Highlights as Andy Murray was overwhelmed in straight units by Daniil Medvedev within the Qatar Open ultimate.

Murray additionally denounced the poor high quality of Dunlop balls.

“It felt like there was no stress within the ball, virtually flat,” the Scotsman stated after his five-set thriller towards Thanasi Kokkinakis on the Australian Open, which lasted practically six o’clock.

“It is simply laborious to hit winners when you’re within the rallies. I feel there was a 70-hit rally yesterday or a number of 35, 40-hit rallies, which isn’t regular. “

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