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Goffin received insults and even chewed gum at Roland Garros: ‘It looked like a football match’

Goffin received insults and even chewed gum at Roland Garros: ‘It looked like a football match’

David Goffin knocked out young Frenchman Pericard, a new darling of the French public, in the first round at Roland Garros. The Belgian was able to test this preference from the fans during his match. “I will not repeat what people shouted at me. But the situation has become worse here in France in recent years.”

David Goffin was of course very satisfied with his five-set victory, but pointing out the crowd after the match is something we haven’t seen him do very often. And then it became clear why he wanted what he wanted after all.

He said in his press conference: “It was a difficult match, because of the opponent, but also because of the audience.

“There was a lot of atmosphere,” Goffin said. However, the atmosphere was not very positive. “A lot happened and was said during the match, and there was nothing

Fun stuff.”

“There were people sitting near the site and they actually tried to destabilize me by shouting insults. I will definitely not repeat what they said. But gum was thrown at me while I was sitting in my seat.”

Goffin described the somewhat gloomy atmosphere: “It looked like a football match.”

Things have really gotten worse here in France in the last two years. There are many players who think it is too much, and there are also referees who are no longer comfortable with it.

“It’s really gotten worse here in France in the last two years. It’s no longer respectful. There are many players who think it’s exaggerated and there are also referees who are no longer comfortable with it. The public is looking for more and pushing the boundaries more and going beyond them.”

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“I tried not to get upset about it because you lose focus in the match. But if the crowd is watching you like this for 3.5 hours, then I think I have to act like this.”

“Fortunately there were also some Belgians in the audience. That helped.”

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