Roland-Garros: Novak Djokovic in the semi-final, the public is present



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JS. Fernandez, E. Bach, G. Michel, A. Fajon, A. Grenier – France 3

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were at the rendezvous, Wednesday, June 9, at Roland-Garros. They qualified for the semi-finals. The public was also present, in greater numbers, with 14,000 people in total.

Tennis players Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both qualified for the semi-finals on Wednesday June 9 at the Roland Garros tournament. “It’s a dream poster”, describes journalist Jean-S├ębastien Fernandez, “We checked that date in the draw, well, we’ll get it tomorrow.” The Serb did not hide his joy at the end of the match, which took place without an audience due to the curfew.

The public was present, Wednesday, June 9, at Roland-Garros for the quarter-final matches: 5,000 people in the Phillippe Chatrier stadium, 14,000 across the site. The spectators were numerous in front of a giant screen, installed at the foot of the stadium. Despite the increase in tonnage, seats were expensive. “We are victims of our success”, analysis Guy Forget, director of Roland-Garros. There was a party atmosphere until 11 p.m., curfew time. The disappointed spectators were ordered to leave the center. The quarter-final was even interrupted to evacuate the latecomers. A special end of the match for Djokovic: “I really have to find the motivation because the energy that was in the audience is very special.”

On the program for Thursday, June 10: the women’s semi-finals and the double of the French Pierre-Hugues Hubert and Nicolas Mahut. An introductory course in padel, a racquet sport derived from tennis, is also offered to the public.

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