Djokovic calls for rule change at Wimbledon

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic/photo: EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

Defending champion Novak Djokovic asked the organizer of the most prestigious tennis tournament to start the matches played on the Central Court and Court number one earlier than usual.

The reason for Djokovic's request is the curfew that applies in London and in the United Kingdom. It starts at 23 p.m. English time, and yesterday evening Djokovic finished his match with Tim van Rijtoven at 22.40:XNUMX p.m. and because of that, both the tennis player and the fans who followed the match to the end, returned to their homes after the curfew started.

According to tradition, matches on the Central Court and Court number one start at 13.30:XNUMX p.m., and Djokovic thinks it would be good to change this rule and start the matches a little earlier.

- We know what tradition Wimbledon has and how much it is respected. The start times of the matches played on the two main non-Wimbledon courts have not changed for years, but I hear that could change and the first matches start earlier. I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be like that because we have obligations to give interviews after the matches - says Djokovic.

The Serbian tennis player also has another complaint about the night duels.

- If you play until late on the two main courts, you will play with the roof closed and that changes the conditions, the style of play, the way of play and the movements - adds Djokovic.

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