Wimbledon | Nadal defends decision
Rafa Nadal hit back at suggestions that Ashleigh Barty should have got his slot on Centre Court in Day Seven of Wimbledon.
My answer is they make a decision Rafa Nadal
Nadal surged into the quarter-final with a straight sets win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa while women’s world No.1 Ashleigh Barty was stunned by the unseeded American Alison Riske on Court Two.
The third seed chasing his 19th Grand Slam, said: “I am the world No. 2 and I won 18 Grand Slams.
“My answer is not no or yes (whether he or Barty should have been on Centre Court). My answer is they make a decision. You (the questioner) are putting Ashleigh Barty in front of me. For me, both decisions are good.
“In the world of tennis today, honestly, my feeling is today I am little bit more than Ashleigh Barty, even if Ashleigh Barty is the first player of the world and she already won in the French Open and she is playing unbelievable good.
“But we can’t create polemics every single day about decisions that they have to take. At the end of the day they have to make a decision.
“A day like today, everybody is playing, of course Djokovic is not playing in the Centre Court. For me the first day I have been playing in the Court 1. I played in Suzanne Lenglen in Roland Garros, if I’m not wrong, in the second round.
“Every day is a decision. We cannot create polemics about that. Court No. 2, okay, they have to make decisions. Today they probably decided that. They have another girls playing on the Centre Court now.”