Everyone at Roland Garros, who watched on television or listened to a Frenchman’s game on the radio, noticed. This year’s Porte d’Auteuil atmosphere is warm, sometimes boiling, sometimes worthy of an Ultras kop ready to shout to push the tricolor. A joy for the French players, a difficult time for their rivals.
“At gunpoint, we’re Gilles Simon, and we’re going to win, Gilou.” Simonne Mathieu Court, Tuesday, May 24, 12:30 p.m. The stands are not full but the atmosphere is boiling. “There are only geniuses left at the end of the river Gilles Simon. At two quarters of an hour there are only real ones left. No, it was an incredible atmosphere. his opponent) hits me in the third, in the fourth, at the beginning of the fifth, they are there, for the slightest point I win, they are there, they shout, they get up, they sing … They don’t stop “.
“We feel like we have two times answering each other”
Nicolas, present at Roland-Garros, lived these warm environments in Porte d’Auteuil. “We had the impression of having two kops answering each other, it was very nice. The French public supports their players, continues, tries to take them, we are on the edge of understanding. Try to respect the opponent. Not to shout while hitting and pushing our player in the heat. ”
Are the two years of absence of the citizens in relation to the COVID the ones that double the will of the followers? Do the results of the tricolor accentuate this atmosphere? Evening sessions with an audience that has paid for a single match are obviously no strangers to this. An electric atmosphere at night sometimes borders on fair play.
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Alex de Minaur, the Australian, Hugo Gaston’s rival in Suzanne Lenglen’s first lap on the court, did not necessarily appreciate the atmosphere around his match. “I think there’s a difference between a great atmosphere and the support of the local player; that’s great,” he explains. “I’m sure it was a great atmosphere for him and he enjoyed it every second. But let’s say when the crowd tells me things, with eye contact with me, after the double fault … there’s a line you don’t believe.” .
“They’ve been calling us for 15 years when we’re going to play in other countries”
For Hugo Gaston, the opinion is quite different. The one who shines in Paris, the one who uses this environment to overcome himself, to go beyond fatigue and stress. “He plays a very important role, because he supported me from the beginning. They didn’t just get to the end of the fifth. They were there from the beginning of the game, encouraging me at every point. I also like him. “Sharing my emotions with the audience helped me, it also gave me strength. I used them and they were really great.”
So is the French public going too far? Has this line mentioned by Alex De Minaur been crossed? Is the Roland-Garros audience an Ultras audience? “People will say, ‘Oh no, but that was a little too much,'” says Gilles Simon. . ‘ This is normal, because when I played Kyrgios in Australia, the guys were calling you, not great stuff. They insulted you the whole game. I even told the referee, ‘stay. . ‘ I said, “Yeah, we agree, so that’s it.”
Hugo Gaston has scheduled a night session this Saturday
There are supporters, sometimes it’s true too “excited” and then there are unacceptable things. During Felix Auger-Aliassime’s match on track 14 this Friday, the Canadian was directly insulted. We’ll save you the terms here. The 21-year-old complained to the referee. The line in this case obviously crosses, and to a large extent.
This Saturday another player risks living the hell of the night sessions against a Frenchman on the Philippe Chatrier court. Holger Rune, 19, 40th in the world, faces Hugo Gaston, a regular there. Jelena Ostapenko had to cover her ears there on Wednesday, after her lost match against Alizé Cornet.