French Open bans alcohol from the stands following rowdy behavior by fans

Organizers of the French Open, one of professional tennis’s four Grand Slam tournaments, have banned the sale of alcohol to fans after a week of rowdy behavior in the stands.

“Alcohol was until now allowed in the stands. Now it’s over,” said tournament director Amélie Mauresmo. “The referees are really going to be even stricter to show more respect for the players and the game,” according to CNBC.

No one with the French Open could immediately be reached by NBC News Thursday afternoon for comment.

Former No. 1 player Mauresmo’s remarks were prompted by the raucous behavior of revelers in the stands during the first week of the Roland Garros tournament.

Belgian David Goffin said Wednesday that a fan spit chewing gum at him during his five-set victory over Frenchman Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, CNBC reported.

Also on Wednesday, world number one player Iga Swiatek asked fans to be quiet during points in her hard-fought victory over Naomi Osaka.

Mauresmo said the decision to ban spectators from drinking while watching the tournament was a matter of respect for the players and the game, CNBC reported.

“That’s something we’re not going to tolerate, overriding those two things.” That’s for sure. So the referees have a pretty big role in this,” she said. “And certainly in terms of safety, we’re going to try to see which people can create (trouble), because I think it’s a few individuals at one point. which exceed the limits. »

A US Open spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday: “There are no plans to ban the sale of alcohol to spectators at the 2024 US Open.”

This tournament at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York, is scheduled for late August to early September.

The French Open, played on clay, and the US Open, on hard court, are among the four most prestigious tournaments in this sport. Others include the Australian Open, played on a hard court, and Wimbledon, which is played on grass.

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