Rafael Nadal welcomes plans for Roland Garros indoor courts as rain wreaks havoc

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has welcomed plans for Roland Garros to install an indoor court by 2020.

The French Open has been blighted with rain delays so far this year, with Nadal himself having to wait overnight before being able to finish his first round match against Simone Bolelli.

However, French Open organisers are currently pushing ahead with plans to solve the issue with a retractable roof and the installation of some indoor courts, and Nadal says it will be a huge positive for the tournament.

“Well, I think that any change is positive,” Nadal said.

“I think that this is a necessary change, because in all Grand Slam tournaments, there are indoor courts, so I think that Roland Garros, that I congratulate for this initiative, is right.

“It will make the tournament even more spectacular, and this indoor court is going to be very beautiful.

“There is a new part that was inaugurated that is very beautiful, as well, and I think that these are really very exciting news for our sport.

“I think that the clubs have to invest in the tournaments for the sport to become greater and greater, so this is a very good piece of news.”