Daniil Medvedev: French Open organizers ‘picked Amazon over people’

Amazon has exclusive TV broadcast rights in France for the night sessions, which are taking place for the first time at Roland Garros.

The French Open organizers “preferred Amazon to people,” according to world number two Daniil Medvedev, by scheduling his quarter-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Tuesday’s night session, when fans are unable to attend owing to a COVID-19 curfew. Amazon holds exclusive TV broadcast rights in France for the night sessions, which are being held at Roland Garros for the first time.

Due to the 9 p.m. curfew, the late matches on Court Philippe-Chatrier are being played without supporters.
”Our play was undoubtedly the match of the day, therefore Roland Garros preferred Amazon to people,” said Medvedev, who was defeated by Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6(3) 7-5. “It’s as simple as that.” Guy Forget, tournament director, told the Tennis Majors.

Last week, the website’s organizers made a commitment with Amazon to place the day’s match in the night session slot.

Medvedev claimed the decision was motivated by money and reminded him of the Formula One documentary series ‘Drive to Survive,’ in which the 2020 Australian Grand Prix was scheduled to take ahead despite a COVID-19 pandemic in the paddock.

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