Nadal asks chair umpire Bernardes not work his matches

Rafael Nadal has asked the ATP that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes not be assigned to his matches for the time being because of a dispute between the two at a tournament in February.
After his 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 first-round victory at the French Open, Nadal said he respects Bernardes, but it is and”better for both of us if we are not [on a] court at the same time for a while.and”
Nadal said he felt Bernardes was and”not enough respectfuland” during a match in Rio de Janeiro, when Nadal put his shorts on improperly and asked if he could go to the locker room to change. Nadal said Bernardes told him he would receive a time warning.
and”For me, thatand’s not fair,and” Nadal said.
At Roland Garros, the French tennis federation handles chair umpire assignments. A federation spokesperson said there was no request by Nadal to avoid Bernardes during the French Open, but added that itand’s common knowledge the two have a tense relationship so it makes sense not to put them on the same court.
ATP spokesman Simon Higson said the tour wouldnand’t comment on any specific decisions related to how it picks chair umpires for matches. Speaking generally about a player asking for a certain umpire to be kept away from his matches, Higson wrote in an email: and”Requests such as this are not uncommon, either from the player or the umpire.and”
Asked Tuesday whether he had ever made such a request, Novak Djokovic said he hadnand’t – nor did he think it a regular occurrence.
Tournament favorite Djokovic waited two days for his opening match but quickly found his stride with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Finn Jarkko Nieminen. The Serb, whose winning march now extends to 23 matches, came within a point of a 5-1 deficit in the second set but extricated himself to clinch victory with trademark precision.
Womenand’s top seed Serena Williams joined the party, lighting up a dull evening with a pink outfit and some powerful tennis to beat Czech qualifier Andrea Hlavackova 6-2, 6-3.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman