Roland-Garros 2024: alcohol is now banned in the stands after outbursts

Published by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Photos by Graziella de Sortiraparis · Published on May 30th, 2024 at 08:05 p.m.
"Alcohol is a thing of the past" at Roland-Garros, said tournament director Amélie Mauresmo, after a number of players criticized the atmosphere in the stands.

Since the Covid, the atmosphere at Roland-Garros has changed. From a spectator crowd, the stands have filled up over the years with real supporters, who cheer on the French players, but also boo their opponents, which doesn't please everyone! Thanks toOpening Week and its accessible seats, new visitors have made their appearance on the clay courts, along with unlimited alcohol on the premises, resulting in some highly emotional atmospheres!

After much criticism, tournament director Amélie Mauresmo announced aban on alcoholic beverages in the stands to prevent any outbursts. She said she had"personally passed on the instructions to the chair umpires", and that the slightest misbehaviorwould result in"the exit" for the day at least.

Gone are the days of beer, rosé and spritz - it's no longer possible to get tipsy at the French Open! The good news, however, is that attendance is up by almost 50% on last year, which was already a very good score, despite the bad weather.

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