Triple Grand Slam winner Stan Warinka created a scene during his opening match at Roland-Garros, complaining about his water temperature.
Warinka was furious when he lost 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to local wildcard Quarantine Moutet, for a bizarre reason, to the former champion chair umpire that his water was too cold.
“It’s not normal at the Grand Slam,” he said.
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“Is it normal? Do you think it’s normal? So you call someone. It’s three changes, I asked you for some water that is not going to ice!
“Because it’s not good. You’re at the French Open and you can’t get normal water! Do you think it’s normal?”
Although at first glance it may seem like a diva request, Warinka’s allegation is supported by star counterpart Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic, the world number one, wrote in his book Serve to winHe only drinks warm water and avoids ice because extreme temperatures prevent the body from working on its top.
“When you drink ice water, the body has to send extra blood to the digestive tract to heat the water to 98.6 degrees. This process has some advantages – heating the cold water burns some extra calories. But it slows down the digestion process. Moves me away from where I want to – in my muscles, “he wrote.
Having kept the 37-year-old out of court for months after recovering from a left foot injury, Warinka was pragmatic in his assessment of how far he was from returning to his best.
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“Unfortunately the way I play at the moment is the reality. I need training, a lot of hard work. I’m playing well but not on stage for this kind of match. Unfortunately where I am is the reality,” he said. After the match
“The frustration doesn’t come from comparing my past levels but because I know I could have done more and some things didn’t go well.”
Moutet will now face Rafael Nadal in the second round.
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