Imagine playing in front of thousands of crowds who are cheering for you. There are so many expectations on your shoulders. The whole country is looking upon you to achieve something they long been waiting for.
Jo Wilfred Tsonga was in a similar situation on Tuesday when he was playing against Kei Nishikori of Japan. Although his form didn’t seem to betray him, and the constant support from the crowd in the form of chanting his name boosted him up, an unexpected interruption from the crowd definitely loosened his focus.
In the midst of the quarter final clash between Tsonga and Nishikori, a metal sheet fell off the scoreboard and the giant screen right on the audience, injuring three in the process.
The metal sheet hit the railing first and then toppled over the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier.
The incident halted the match for at least 30 minutes. Tsonga was leading at this time 5-2 in the second set, having won the first with a score line of 6-1.
The interruption can rightfully be guessed to cause Tsonga to lose the following two sets, without neglecting how great Nishikori upped his game later.
The rectangular shaped metal sheet was shown to have spikes at its end.
— Eurosport.com (@EurosportCom_EN) June 2, 2015
The incident pic.twitter.com/p7NQHP8joI
— Steph Trudel (@TrudelSteph) June 2, 2015
According to a report by The Guardian, an ambulance was also called at the scene to treat the three persons who had suffered injuries.
This is the second incident that has happened until now in this year’s French Open that caused interruption in the match.
According to a report by France24, on the starting day of the tournament, a spectator jumped from the sidelines of the 14, 911 Court Philippe Chatrier arena to take a selfie with Roger Federer.
Federer who generally looks calm and happy seemed ‘not happy’ with such a turn of event. In the same report he said: “Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, that that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe.”
In the 2013 final between Spaniards Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, a man was seen running around on the surface towards Nadal with a flare lit in his hands. Officials were however quick to tackle him down, and take him out of the court.[
He was one of the few shirtless protesters who were gathered at the upper stands of the court, demanding the resignation of president, François Hollande for legalizing gay marriage and gay adoption.
Monica Seles, one of the legendary women’s tennis players was also stabbed during her match in 1993 by an on-court visitor with a 23 cm long knife. The attacker was supposedly a fan of Steffi Graf. This incident became such a huge hurdle in Seles’s career that she didn’t return to her peak form ever until finally retiring.[https://youtu.be/4F_uotrIEZo]
Thinking in line with Federer, it’s time that Rolland Garros does something about increasing the protection of the players.