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DECRYPTION – In search of a 13th crown in Paris, Rafael Nadal in person judges that they do not “Are not good for playing on clay”.

The American brand Wilson now supplies the balls and the official string for the French Open.
The American brand Wilson now supplies the balls and the official string for the French Open. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP

A page has turned at Roland Garros. After a decade-long partnership with the French brand Babolat, it is now the American brand Wilson which supplies the balls and the official string for the French Open. It is understood, when it signed this new partnership, the organization did not imagine that one day it would be necessary to play the tournament under an autumnal drizzle …

In the ambient humidity, the balls inevitably become heavier. But players, including Rafael Nadal in person, felt that the new balls would not have been unanimous anyway, even under a bright spring sun. “The balls are different from last year, super heavy and much slower, cursed the master of the place. And the cold and humid conditions make things even more complicated. They are not good for playing on clay and are dangerous for the elbows and shoulders of the players. I trained with these balls in Spain, and

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