25 avril 2024

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Roland-Garros 2023: The Belgians lose in the doubles final against Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek

It's been a long time since we've seen such an awesome exchange in doubles.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such an awesome exchange in doubles.

Sander Gillé, 32, and Joran Vliegen, 29, failed to become the second Belgian men’s doubles to win the title, who was playing his first Grand Slam final, could not avoid defeat in the final on Court Philippe-Chatrier against the pair composed of Croatian Ivan Dodig and American Austin Krajicek.

Ivan Dodig, 38, has already won at Roland-Garros in 2015 (with Marcelo Melo) and at the Australian Open in 2021 (with Filip Polasek). Austin Krajicek won his first Grand Slam title in men’s doubles at the age of 32.

Ivan Dodig, who won his 2nd title in men’s doubles (after 2015) and the 4th in Paris (with mixed doubles in 2018 and 2019) then spoke.

“I would like to thank my partner (Austin Krajicek). Tomorrow you will be N.1 and you deserve it.” The Croatian has also settled accounts with the organizers of Roland-Garros. “I am sad today because during this fortnight I did not have the same treatment as the others. Everyone should have the same treatment. I had to use taxis during the fortnight like any other tourist. I had to wait 40 minutes for my taxi and missed the warm-up. I won four titles here. This tournament should treat everyone the same. I hope that will be the case. next year.”

Amélie Mauresmo answers: Ivan Dodig is a household name in doubles competition as he has won three Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles and four Grand Slam titles in mixed doubles.

The Roland-Garros boss called Dodig’s language “unacceptable” and tried to explain why the Croatian’s accusations made no sense. “It is not acceptable to have this type of language on the court.

“We made proposals. We told him that he could change hotels, that we could find him another hotel in the right area. We gave him solutions. But we have a fleet that is environmentally responsible. ”

“We have 19 hotels within a 5 km radius. Everyone can book transport, all players, if you are within this 5 km radius. It is in another arrondissement, which is at the other end of Paris , east of Paris.

“We have an area that is also environmentally friendly, because we want to serve everyone. We don’t have an unlimited number of cars,” Mauresmo said.

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