Angry Rafael Nadal blasts Philippe Chatrier Court surface after first round win

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Rafael Nadal says the clay surface on the Philippe Chatrier court is too slippery.

The world number one and defending champion beat Simone Bolelli to progress into the second round as he bids for his 11th title at Roland Garros.

However, he was left livid over the surface on the court where he has only ever lost twice.

“The court is more slippery than usual and I slid a lot when I started off or when I moved to another side, and it was quite complicated,” said the Spaniard.

“There are no excuses. This is what I felt. If you look at the images on television, you can see that there are many more whiter zones than other years, because there are little pebbles underneath, and that’s why you don’t have the proper grip on the court.”

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