“Me, frankly I love it”, “it’s good for tennis”: but why aren’t we happy with the atmosphere at Roland-Garros ?

“Me, frankly I love it”, “it’s good for tennis”: but why aren’t we happy with the atmosphere at Roland-Garros ?

Sur le Suzanne-Lenglen, les Français ont été bien aidés par de belles ambiances. MAXPPP – Le Parisien/Arnaud Journois

Après les déclarations de David Goffin sur la mauvaise ambiance, tout le monde est tombé sur le public de Roland-Garros. Mais est-ce que c'était vraiment nécessaire ?

For once, it was not after a defeat against a Frenchman that a Belgian complained. Jostled for more than three and a half hours by the boiling public of the court 14, supporting the young Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard (20 years old), David Goffin could not help but fail in his turn , completely rightly so.

Before setting foot in the dish. "When you're insulted for three and a half hours, you have to annoy the public a little, s’as it was explained on Tuesday. Clearly, this goes too far, it’s total disrespect. It’s really too much. It's becoming football, soon there will be smoke bombs, hooligans and there will be fights in the stands. This is starting to get ridiculous."

An outing that everyone has been talking about in the aisles of the Roland-Garros stadium for several days. Although he obviously should never have received a piece of chewing gum as a welcome, would the former world number 7 be a “naughty” for the rest ? Or has the public exceeded the limits ?

Roland-Garros shows off the muscles

The tournament in any case settled the issue on Thursday, the day after another complaint came from world number 1 Iga Swiatek, who was annoyed by the noise during exchanges.

"We will be uncompromising on respect for the players and respect for the game, came to defuse the director of these French Open, Amélie Mauresmo. That is to say, if there is the slightest behavior that goes beyond the limit, people will be taken out of the stadium."< /em> Affirming in passing that the alcohol in the stands, "it’was over".

Support for Goffin

After twenty-two years spent on the circuit, Richard Gasquet has played on courts across the planet. And there is nothing new under the sun, according to the Biterrois. "I played a round of 16 at Wimbledon against Murray in 2008 and it was worse than there. So nothing has changed about that."

The subject does not actually date from yesterday – ask Taylor Fritz his memory of the match played against Arthur Rinderknech on the Suzanne-Lenglen last year – but according to Goffin, "many players and coaches came to see [him] to say that I was right to say that".

However, when we ask the main stakeholders, few seem to agree with the 33-year-old Belgian. For fear of alienating the public or out of simple disagreement?Who knows.

"The same thing in Chile or Brazil"

"Frankly, I have no complaints", said Matteo Arnaldi, winner of two Frenchmen since the start of the week. Just like the Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry, Rinderknech's opponent in the second round after beating Arthur Cazaux in the first, in a Davis Cup atmosphere: "It's incredible to playing against the public and it’s difficult. But I already felt the same thing in Chile or Brazil".

All of which obviously pleased the Montpellier resident with Suzanne-Lenglen fully committed to her cause. "It’s a bit like a football match, smiled this lover of La Paillade. I know there are other players who don't like it, when there's that kind of vibe or atmosphere. But I, frankly, love it!"

"It’is good for tennis"

Corentin Moutet, too, likes to benefit from this support. As he had asked before his victory against the Chilean Nicolas Jarry in the first round, on the Simonne-Mathieu court, where there is one of the best atmospheres in all of Porte d'Auteuil. From there to bordering on disrespect towards the Frenchman's opponent ?

"They still applauded him, even when he entered the field, he explains . Me, in Chile, I was booed from the first to the last point as soon as I entered. So I do not know. It’s very subjective. For you, it's disrespect, for me, it's not."

Stanislas Wawrinka summed up the affair best, after the splendid atmosphere during his defeat, Wednesday evening, at Lenglen: "It’is good for tennis, it’s good for the players, it’s good for the public. It means they're having fun, it means they're happy to be there and at the end, that's the goal of a day of tennis. ;quot;.

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