Rain Doesn’t Slow Down Mannarino at Tennis Hall of Fame
Steve Fogleman, Tennis Atlantic
NEWPORT, R.I.–Rain hit the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships for the first time in 2016 today, but it didn’t slow down Adrian Mannarino. The Frenchman won the first set tiebreak just before play was suspended. After a delay of nearly three hours, he came out and closed it out against Sam Groth, 7-6(6), 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals on Bastille Day.
The rain delay was the hardest part of the match for Mannarino.
“Today, we didn’t know if it was going to be a little break like 15-20 minutes or a long one”, he said. “Just trying not to change your mind too much. You have to eat a little bit, but not too much if you don’t want to get a little bit tired. This is really tough, actually. So you just try to stay focused. You could get a little bit disconcentrated”.
No time for ‘disconcentration’ now: he faces Gilles Muller for a trip to the semifinals tomorrow.