“Alcohol in the stands is over”: Amélie Mauresmo cracks down to restore order at Roland-Garros

“Alcohol in the stands is over”: Amélie Mauresmo cracks down to restore order at Roland-Garros
“Alcohol in the stands is over”: Amélie Mauresmo cracks down to restore order at Roland-Garros

Amélie Mauresmo’s “informal” press briefing was particularly anticipated. Under the Philippe-Chatrier court, more than fifty journalists crowded around the tournament director, whose speech was expected on numerous subjects.

Starting with the supporters and the atmosphere in the stands, singled out by David Goffin or Iga Swiatek since the start of the fortnight. “We observed a change in people’s behavior after Covid,” explained the former tennis player. We were extremely satisfied, but we also observed that there were a few people who exceeded the limit. We are happy to see this atmosphere. We will be intransigent as soon as the players and the game are not respected. I have given instructions along these lines. Whether for the chair umpires, to control the court, whether in terms of security too. »

Alcohol and programming

Among these measures, the case of alcohol was debated. “Alcohol was allowed in the stands, it’s over,” said the director of Roland-Garros. What I want is to keep this enthusiasm around and in the service of the game. On the other hand, yes if we exceed the limit, if we throw things at the players, we go out. Security is very clear. » For her, it is not normal for some to allow themselves to “interrupt the flow of the game”.

The question of rain and its consequences on the programming was also raised. On Friday, the matches will start at 10 a.m. on each court, compared to 11 a.m. normally and noon on the Chatrier. Thus, one more match will be played on each field. The director explains that the organization tries to respect sporting fairness between players, even if it “cannot be fair for everyone”. “We try to balance,” she explains. We added matches on the covered courts. The idea of ​​stopping the matches at 5 p.m. yesterday (on the side courts), we wanted to avoid making the players wait so that they could prepare as well as possible. »

The director of the Parisian Major is also sad to see the Philippe-Chatrier almost empty during certain meetings while the rest of the complex is at a standstill. Finally, she was asked about the non-selection of the poster between Iga Swiatek and Naomi Osaka for the evening session. Will a women’s match be played in this slot by the end of the fortnight? “We’re thinking as we go along,” replies Mauresmo.

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