REPORTAGE – The quarter-final between Djokovic and Berrettini was interrupted at 10.55 p.m. Wednesday so that spectators could leave the Philippe-Chatrier court, due to the curfew. And not everyone liked it.
The last night session of Roland-Garros was the only one to take place in public due to the evolution of deconfinement with the curfew now set at 11 p.m. It is well known, in tennis, we know when it starts but never when it ends. And even though the match had started at 8 p.m., an hour earlier than the other night sessions, there was a risk that it would end out of sight. If Djokovic had completed the 3e set in the decisive game, the public would have attended the entire meeting. But fate wanted it otherwise since the Italian snatched the 3e act.
At 10:55 p.m., the supervisor entered the court and the two days returned to the locker rooms. Djokovic then led 3-2 in the 4e set. To tell the truth the vast majority of the spectators obeyed while leaving the enclosure.
Some unhappy spectators, however, did not hesitate to “ rebel “. “ The game is suspended, we are waiting for you to clear the stands. The game will resume in camera », Repeated the announcer. The “ Forget resignation “,” thank you Amazon Have rocketed. Without forgetting the traditional “ repay! “, or “ We paid! “. Security had to intervene to make the last recalcitrant leave, not hesitating to brandish the threat of a fine… “We paid 500 balls to see two thirds of the match, it’s unacceptable », Railed a spectator leaving the stadium furious. And if there was tension in the air, no overflow was reported.
At 11:09 p.m., the last spectators left the Philippe-Chatrier court, willy-nilly, and the players returned for a 3-minute warm-up. The game resumed in deafening silence at 11:16 pm… This strange interruption was not to the liking of Matteo Berrettini either: “ It’s a shame, it’s something I didn’t like but it’s beyond us.“This evening began with an atmosphere of” Davis Cup », It ended in cathedral silence. Frustrating for the spectators and… the televiewers, because we know it without audience and atmosphere, high level tennis loses all its flavor.