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

Organizers with the French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in professional tennis, banned alcohol sales for fans following a week of rowdy behavior in the stands.

“Alcohol was until now authorized in the stands. Now it’s over,” said Tournament Director Amelie Mauresmo. “The umpires are really going to be even more strict to further respect to the players and respect the game,” according to to CNBC.

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

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

Belgian David Goffin said on Wednesday a fan spat gum at him during his five-set victory over France’s Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, CNBC reported.

Also on Wednesday, the world’s No. 1 women’s player Iga Swiatek asked fans to hush up during points in her hard-fought win against Naomi Osaka.

Mauresmo said the move to bar spectators from drinking while watching the tournament was about respecting the players and the game, CNBC reported.

“This is something that we’re not going to tolerate, to overstep these two things. That’s for sure. So umpires have quite an important role in this matter,” she said. “And definitely in terms of security, we’re going to try to see which people are maybe making (trouble), because I think it’s a few individuals at some point that are overstepping.”

No one with the U.S. Open — which is scheduled for late August until early September in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York — responded for comment Thursday afternoon about whether that tournament will follow suit.


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