Roger Federer defends Johanna Konta as sexism row engulfs the French Open

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Johanna Konta dejected at French Open PA

Roger Federer has backed Johanna Konta as the French Open sexism row continues to generate headlines.

Federer was part of a manic Friday of action, as all four semi-finals were scheduled for the same day – with three of them being completed – following some adverse weather conditions in Paris.

Traditionally, the women’s semi-finals get pride of place at Roland Garros on the Thursday, with the men’s taking place on the Friday.

However, the crammed schedule meant that women were bumped to the outside courts while the men occupied Philippe Chatrier.

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Konta has spoken out after her defeat, blasting organisers for the perceived sexism in the rescheduling, and Federer has come out in support of her.

“You make it all the way to the semis, and you get put on the third-biggest court at 11.

It’s a tough one. When I saw the schedule, also, I was a little bit, like, surprised.”

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