This Thursday’s ATP Finals 2022 draw was made public, as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were assigned to different groups. Three past champions, Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev, as well as Andrey Rublev, make up Group Red, giving players there a more difficult path to the semifinals.
Additionally, Group Red won’t get a day off before the semifinals because they’ll play on the second of two matchdays during the round-robin stage. With a day off before the semifinals, Group Green, which consists of Nadal, debutants Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime, as well as Casper Ruud, will play its matches on the first matchday of each round-robin round.
Many tennis fans believe that players in Group Green have a stronger edge than those in Group Red as a result of the scheduling and the draw. Others turned to accusations and rumours of conspiracies.
“They clearly want Nadal to win,” one fan opined on Twitter.
“Group Green will play Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday; Group Red will play Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So not only Group Green is by far the easier one, they’ll also get 1 day rest between the last group match and the semifinals. This is hilarious. And not in a good way,” another fan expressed.