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French Open officials ban alcohol from stands after player complaints

Tennis fans will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol in the stands at the 2024 French Open in Paris. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI
1 of 5 | Tennis fans will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol in the stands at the 2024 French Open in Paris. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

May 30 (UPI) -- French Open officials banned alcohol consumption in the Roland Garros stands after several players complained about fan behavior, tournament director Amelia Mauresmo announced Thursday in Paris.

"We are happy to see there is an atmosphere with emotions and spectators are there," Mauresmo said. "On the other hand, we will be uncompromising on the respect of the players, on the respect of the game and the Roland Garros tournament."

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No. 115 David Goffin of Belgium told reporters that one fan spit gum at him during his first-round win over Frenchman Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard. No. 1 Iga Swiatek of Poland also criticized the crowd for screaming during her rallies and before returns.

"This is serious for us," Swiatek said Wednesday during an on-court interview. "We are fighting our whole lives to be better and better. Sometimes it's hard to accept that. The stakes are big. There is a lot of money here to win. Losing a few points may change a lot.

"Please, guys, if you can support us between the rallies, not during, that would be really, really amazing."

Mauresmo said officials made particular observations during Goffin's match. Goffin said the atmosphere was "starting to become ridiculous."

"Alcohol was allowed until now in the stands, not in all the stands, [but] that's over," Mauresmo said. "If they exceed the limit, if they don't behave well or if they throw things at the players, that's it."

Mauresmo also said that umpires are going to be more strict about fan behavior.

The French Open schedule, which continues to be disrupted because of rain, will continue through Thursday night in Paris. The third round is expected to start Friday.

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