Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are hypocrites, claims Roger Federer’s former coach

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in action

Roger Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone has accused rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic of hypocrisy over the ‘preferential treatment’ debate.

A storm erupted recently when Julien Benneteau accused the Grand Slams of giving Federer preferential treatment over match scheduling.

The Australian Open later came out and admitted that was true, but vehemently defended themselves over the issue.

Rivals Rafael Nadal and, especially, Novak Djokovic, have spoken out about it before too, suggesting it handed the Swiss an unfair advantage.

However, Annacone has spoken out about it, claiming it’s commonplace and everyone make requests – including Nadal and Djokovic.

“When the issue came out I said, Yes? And So?” Annacone said on the Tennis Channel.

“This happens in every tournament. I took part in many meetings where I walked in and they said, Pete Sampras would like to play this day, Roger Federer would like to play this day, Tim Henman…

“You do it at every single tournament.

“And I can guarantee you, I have been there with the coaches of Nadal, Djokovic. They all ask for It.

“They don’t always get it, but these guys hold the mantle up for everybody right now and they should get a preferential treatment.”

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