French Open: tournament director Amelie Mauresmo banned alcohol in the stands at Roland Garros | Tennis news

The French Open has banned alcohol in the stands in a bid to crack down on fan behavior at Roland Garros.

The first week of the tournament has seen a raucous atmosphere and there was an incident on Wednesday when Belgian David Goffin claimed a spectator spat gum at him during his five-set victory over Frenchman Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard.

On the same day, world number one Iga Swiatek asked fans to remain silent during the points of her thrilling victory against Naomi Osaka.

Tournament director Amelie Mauresmo also said security will be improved and referees will be ordered to be stricter with the crowd during the match.

“Until now alcohol was allowed in the stands. Now it’s over,” said Mauresmo. “The referees are really going to be even stricter to respect the players even more and respect the game.

“This is something that we are not going to tolerate, overstepping these two things. That’s for sure. So the referees have a pretty important role in this matter.

“And definitely, in terms of safety, we’re going to try to see what people may be causing (problems), because I think it’s a few individuals who at some point are going overboard.”

Mauresmo said the person who allegedly spit gum at Goffin had not been identified and that no spectators had been ejected from the tournament so far.

He added: “Yesterday we tried to gather information about what happened and how we can do things, so these new rules are from this morning. So we’ll see how it goes.”

David Goffin says many people have complained about fan behavior at French Open

Goffin: A lot of people complain

Fan noise is nothing new in tennis, as players generally have trouble shouting between serves or just before a serve.

However, Goffin, a veteran of the sport, feels it has gone too far and “it’s starting to get ridiculous.”

“Many people complain. Many referees feel there is a lot of lack of respect,” he added.

“This is repeated a lot in the locker room and among the ATP authorities. We are going to have to do something about it.

“I think this only happens in France. At Wimbledon, obviously, that doesn’t happen. Not in Australia either. At the US Open, it’s still pretty quiet. Here, it’s a really unhealthy atmosphere.”

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