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Breaking News: Roland Garros Tournament director Gilbert Ysern confirms French Open 2013 seedings will be as per ATP rankings

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#1 Vibhuism


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 04:56 PM

Amidst all the speculations, Gilbert Ysern, the Managing Director of the French Tennis Federation (FFT), and Tournament director at the French Open in an interview to French newspaper l'Equipe clarified that seeding of Rafael Nadal at French Open, 2013 will not be upgraded to No. 1 or No.2.







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Tennis legend John McEnroe this week had suggested that Rafa Nadal should be given a protected seeding of #1 at French Open, 2013 while my favorite Brad Gilbert had advocated a protected seeding of #2 for Nadal.



Earlier last week, Roland Garros committee member Guy Forget in an interview had suggested that French Open should also change the seedings for French Open to avoid a Quarter-final clash between Djokovic and Nadal. This invoked many members of our forum as saying that if this happens, they will return back their French Open tickets with a return note, "You cheated us". Read more of those angry responses here.




L'Equipe quoted Gilbert Ysern




"In view of what Nadal has achieved at French Open, Paris, he surely is the best player in the history of the tournament, it seemed incongruous that he had to come here with the seeding numbered 4 or 5. The decision was finally made ​​not to intervene in the order of seeding. "



Gilbert Ysern also clarified that Nadal (or any of his team members) never made any such request for upgrading the seedings of Rafa Nadal at French Open, 2013.









What this means is that now, French Open 2013 seedings will be as per the ATP Rankings as announced by ATP on 20th May, 2013 (after Italian Open, Rome Masters 2013).



Rafael Nadal still has a mathematical chance of regaining No. 4 ranking before French Open, 2013. For a detailed in-depth analysis as to how it is possible, click here.




If you missed the entire story of Rafa Nadal being given a higher seeding to avoid a Quarter-Final clash vs Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, read it here.


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 06:29 PM

I agree that the seedings should be the same as the ATP

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 08:51 PM

great news & credit to you for starting a campaign against Roland Garros. Your poll & tweets were discussed on a forum at ESPN.

Its great that justice has prevailed. who ever wins French Open, but justice should prevail and glad, its happening.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 09:47 PM

Excellent news!!

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:11 AM

Giving Nadal #1 seeding when that is not his ATP rating makes no sense Ok then if that's how they're thinking as relates to the French Open, then Federer should be ranked #1 at Wimbledon, U.S. Open, AO, etc. because of all his championship titles if that's the way they think! Good for Brad Gilbert speaking out to use the usual rating system!

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 09:43 PM

Good news it's doesn't matter seeding it's the win, maybe Nadal will win :)

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