The French Open crowd was slammed by one of their own players after Novak Djokovic was booed while walking onto Court Suzanne-Lenglen for his fourth round clash with Diego Schwartzman. Alize Lim said she didn’t like the crowd’s reaction and told them it wasn’t “respectful” while previewing the match on Eurosport.
Djokovic is playing Schwartzman for the seventh time, hoping to book his spot in the French Open quarter-final where he could face a showdown with his long-time rival Rafael Nadal. The round-of-16 match was scheduled second on Lenglen on Sunday, and the Argentine’s fans had already grown impatient before the players walked onto the court following the conclusion of the previous match between Martina Trevisan and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Fans could be heard chanting “Diego” before the players stepped out, and Schwartzman received a huge cheer when he finally emerged from the tunnel. Reigning champion Djokovic was also initially greeted by cheers but some quickly turned to loud boos as French former world No 135 Alize Lim slammed their response on Eurosport and compared the atmosphere to a football match.
“I think there’s both cheering and a little bit of booing aswell. I don’t like that. Come on, [it’s] the world No 1. That’s not respectful,” she said, before adding: “It sounds like a football match now already the way they are screaming.”
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