The 2020 edition of Roland Garros is being held in unprecedented conditions due to the Covid-19 health crisis.
A situation which favored an unexpected event this Sunday: the interruption of the match between Elliot Benchetrit and John Isner, because of the sports journalist Nelson Monfort who spoke too loud.
This is an unexpected consequence of Covid-19 on the Roland-Garros tennis competition.
While the tournament is being held several months late, an audience reduced to grief and in the rain, he found himself this Sunday disturbed by journalist Nelson Monfort, to the point of interrupting for a few seconds the match between the French Elliot Benchetrit and the American John Isner.
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The silence of Roland-Garros 2020 in question
The almost total absence of the public indeed brings an astonishing silence on the competition.
Of course, the 2020 edition still has its spectator who shouts to encourage the players, as Bertrand Chameroy noticed on our antenna.
But apart from this image of Épinal, the games go so calm as a simple conversation from Nelson Monfort managed to disturb players Elliot Benchetrit and John Isner.
As France TV Sport noticed on its Twitter account, the sports journalist indeed disrupted the match between the two players during the first round of the competition.
Present on the terrace overlooking the court, he spoke too loudly for the taste of the tennis players, who stopped the game until Nelson Monfort lowered his tone.
We also heard the journalist being questioned by the rare spectators present in the stands, with "Nelson, Nelson!"
which leave little doubt about the identity of the chatterbox deemed too loud.
With this Roland Garros behind closed doors, you can hear everything on the court, even Nelson # RG20pic.twitter.com / jAzyviErGR
- France tv sport (@francetvsport) September 28, 2020
The anecdote did not prevent the match from resuming.
It finally ended in a defeat of the French Elliot Benchetrit against the American John Isner in three sets, 6-4 / 6-1 / 6-3.