Xavier Pujol: "We have made more than human effort"


Xavier Pujol Y David FerrerCEO and Director of Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell-Conde de Godó Trophyappeared at a press conference to explain the whole situation created by the rain, which forced the semifinals to be canceled on Saturday and moved to Sunday at 11:00 am, hours before the final, scheduled for 4:00 pm at the earliest h.

“Faced with this rainy situation, it was decided to cancel the day because the conditions were not the best and the courts were getting wet and it was harder to fix them. The players have been at the club since 10 in the morning and need to rest “It’s embarrassing what’s happening to us this week with rain, but on Sunday the forecast is for good weather and the games are supposed to be played”, Ferrer explained.

“We made a huge effort to turn the day around and we tried until the end, but the weather was out of control and we decided to stop the games. The first reason was the safety of the players and the second was because we were not right the thought to keep the public unsure whether it will be played or not, ”Pujol said.

“It’s not the best scenario, but it’s the only scenario. The weather can’t be controlled. I have a lot of confidence in all the players. The conditions are not right, the weather is unstable and they still want to rest and face tomorrow. Sunday is sunny and it’s going to be an amazing day, ”Ferrer said.

“The slopes have been fixed five times since one o’clock in the afternoon. I want to thank the employees for their efforts”, Pujol added. The tournament CEO confirmed that money from tickets will be returned to spectators on Saturday, who only watch 21 minutes of tennis when the minimum that should not have a refund is 60 minutes. The public will also be able to return their money on Thursday.

“Under these conditions, economic cost is the least important thing for the organization. It’s not planned and it creates a complicated situation for the competition, but we will continue to invest to make it the best ATP 500 in the world. , ”Pujol pointed out.

Source: La Verdad


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