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Brasil Open Gets Complaints Over Playing Conditions

Several players and coaches attending this week's Brasil Open have voiced complaints about the playing conditions at the ATP 250 event.

By Erik Gudris

Nadal Nalbandian Brasil Open (February 13th, 2013) -- Though organizers of the Brasil Open are happy to see Rafael Nadal return for the first time since 2005, they may not be so thrilled with the negative comments many have had about playing conditions at the event.

Starting on Monday, several coaches and players complained about the court conditions and the type of balls being used during match play. José Perlas, coach of Fabio Fognini, expressed concern on Twitter about the balls coming "from a supermarket" and not being properly pressurized. Others have complained that the courts themselves haven't been properly laid on to the Complexo Desportivo Constâncio Vaz Guimarães arena's surface. Lines on the courts have also appeared to be crooked as shown in this recent Twitter picture from journalist Alexandre Cossenza.

German player Dustin Brown took to Twitter to vulgarly voice his disapproval by saying, "Erry1 Knows The Courts Here @brasilopen2013 R S***... I Twist My Ankle During Play & Say "Its A S*** Court" & Get A Point Penalty…"

In his opening round doubles match yesterday with David Nalbandian, Nadal himself fell several times on the main court. Despite that Nadal and Nalbandian went on to save two match points and beat Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 11-9

The arena being used for this week's tournament was the same one that hosted the Gillette Federer Tour in December when Roger Federer played his exhibition match in Sao Paulo. That event was held on a hard court and since then organizers rushed to get the clay court for the Brasil Open installed in time for this week. Tournament officials insisted on Monday that everything would be ready and that they would make sure that the courts met with the ATP's approval.

No problems were reported during last year's event won by Nicolas Almagro that was also held in Complexo Desportivo Constâncio Vaz Guimarães. Nadal is scheduled to play his first singles match later in the week.

(Photo Credit: AP)


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