ATP Napoli surreal: matches suspended again due to humidity, the calendar becomes anyone’s guess

Problems continue for the ATP Tournament in Naples. Due to humidity, two matches were suspended and two matches were postponed. And now there’s a big problem with the calendar. It will start again on Thursday with four first-round races to play.

Author: Alessio Morra

The great difficulties of the tournament continue ATP Naples. It’s turning out to be an ordeal for organizers who thought they had created a little gem and who are instead faced with many unresolved issues. Two more games tonight were suspended due to moisture. And so it will arrive on Thursday with up to four first-round matches to complete. The situation has become unreal, but the tournament must be completed and you have to rush to get to Sunday with a series of matches to play.

The ATP 250 tournament in Naples officially entered the calendar at the end of July, when the ATP announced the arrival of some new appointments. Naples had the week of the 17th to the 23rd of October. Seven days of great tennis, also with Matteo Berrettini, plus Musetti and Carreno, who won a 1000 this year. But the beginning was difficult. The Copa Napoli did not start off on the right foot and literally fell apart.

Because on Saturday, the 15th, the Qualifiers had to start, which didn’t start regularly because there were problems on the fields, serious problems. The tennis players refused to play. A completely new field arrived quickly, directly from Florence, while the qualifiers (and also the doubles tournament) were moved to another club and to another city, Pozzuoli.

Nardi – Moutet at the time of suspension on Tuesday.
Nardi – Moutet at the time of suspension on Tuesday.

The organizers are still working, they have been busy with the hope of reorganizing everything. The singles tournament started on Tuesday, everything went well. Five games in the center, the sixth was suspended 2-2. Nardi and Moutet returned to the changing rooms because the court was very slippery, due to excessive humidity, the Tennis Arena is a step away from the sea.

Tuesday was played in a single field, the central one that also started today’s matches at 10 am. One by one they beat Carballes Baena, Baez, who defeated Sonego and Moutet. Then the Chinese Zhang and Fucsovics entered the field. While at 17:00 started at field number 1, mounted at night, Djere and Gojo. This field was reorganized and tested by Berrettini and Musetti. But with the passage of time and with the dusk arrived the humidity that produced the suspension of Djere-Gojo, in the score of 6-4 5-5 for the Serbian. Shortly after, he also stopped in the center, where Zhang was leading 6-4 2-2.

The meeting between Djere and Gojo was put on hold due to the humidity.
The meeting between Djere and Gojo was put on hold due to the humidity.

This is a very bad stop which, however, does not definitely affect the tournament, but that certainly totally changes the cards on the tables. Because then the possibility of playing the matches in the evening session in the next few days dies, because it seems difficult to think that the humidity will disappear.

But in the meantime, it is above all to save the tournament, which will now have to have very tight rhythms, with tennis players surely forced to prolong it. Meanwhile, four first-round matches must be played, two are halfway through and two more must start from scratch: Grenier-Fognini and MacDonald-Passaro.

And on Thursday the entire round of 16 of the singles draw must also be held, which at the moment seems almost impossible. This means that some matches could be moved to Friday, a day that should only be dedicated to the quarterfinals. But at the moment it is impossible, as well as useless, to make predictions.

Source: Fan Page IT