Roland-Garros: Moutet and Monfils crack… and you can hear it!


Without an audience, players’ reactions at Roland Garros become perfectly audible. On Monday, the French Corentin Moutet and Gaël Monfils offered a few nuggets.

This is surely one of the only advantages of the almost closed-door imposed at Roland Garros: you can hear everything on the pitch. In the absence of an audience, players’ reactions are now perfectly audible without needing to raise their voices as Benoît Paire does regularly. Monday, fatal to many French people, offered some nuggets.

Beaten at the end of a 6:05 am marathon match (the second longest in the history of the French Grand Slam), Corentin Moutet let himself go against the Italian Lorenzo Giustino (0-6, 7-6, 7 -6, 6-2, 18-16). After a direct fault on the service of his opponent in the fifth set, he lectured himself: “Bravo Corentin, that’s exactly what you have to do after 4 hours!”

He also fulminated at the time of a bad decision of the referee estimating that the balla had rebounded twice before it does not take again it on a cushion: “No way!”, He protested in English. Finally, he also mocked the resistance of his executioner of the day, able to chain exchanges and conclude with a forehand crossed on the line as the six hours of combat approached. “No but the guy, the guy, what’s his magic potion without messing around? I’m sick of it!”

Defeated to delight the audience of Central, Gaël Monfils also offered some tasty moments to viewers during his defeat against the Kazakh Alexander Bublik (6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3). The world number 9 started a funny discussion with the referee after losing the advantage of his break. “I have a weird question, he says to the referee. I want to get upset but I don’t get upset. How can I do if I want to get upset?” “You have to breathe,” replied the referee. He then asks the referee if he can shout without being penalized by promising not to let go of insanities.

He also congratulated his opponent in the first set following a successful lob passing the racket between his legs. “It was perfect,” he conceded after raising his thumb. Eliminated in the first round, Monfils will no longer be able to delight the public with his little remarks.


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