Former world number one Victoria Azarenka believes the biting cold and steady rain at Roland Garros could cause serious injury after being forced to "sit like a duck" in weather conditions she blasted as "ridiculous" in her French Open first round tie. "You know I'm not complaining here, but this is getting a little bit ridiculous".
After three games, which all went with serve, a chilly Azarenka sat down on her chair and demanded to see the supervisor.
After complaining that it was only 8 degrees Celsius (46.4 degrees Fahrenheit), the two-time grand slam victor said she lived in Florida and was "used to hot weather".
Play started at 1100 local time (0900 GMT) on court Philippe Chatrier under the new retractable roof with Belgian 11th seed David Goffin playing Italian Jannik Sinner in front of a few dozen spectators.
She will face 40-year-old Venus Williams or Anna Karolina Schmiedlova for a place in the last 32. "It's too cold, what's the point, sitting here like ducks".
"I think it's very tricky at the moment to have these conditions".
"I think that the unfortunate part sometimes with the French Open is that there is no communications with players or the player council, so you kind of just make decision without consulting".
The French Open was moved from its traditional spring dates due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
The weather in Paris is therefore colder than normal for the Grand Slam event with the claycourt conditions much heavier and slower than the players are accustomed to.
She then walked over to Kovinic, and asked what she wanted to do. I don't know if I've never really played in September in Paris.
Asked whether the tournament should have been cancelled altogether, like Wimbledon was, Azarenka said it was important for lower-ranked players. Absolutely, I think that it does.