Le restrizioni legate alla pandemia sono state allentate per consentire 5,000 all'interno su Court Philippe-Chatrier piuttosto che sul 1,000 per le partite precedenti, ed era piuttosto un'atmosfera fino a quando la regola non fu imposta.
Some disappointed fans jeered and even sang “We’ve paid, we’ll stay” as they refused to leave when supposed to at 10:45 p.m.
Poco prima 10:55 p.m., both players packed their bags and walked off down the tunnel while fans shouted out in frustration. The top-ranked Djokovic was up 2-1 in sets and leading 3-2 in the fourth set when play was halted.
“Rip-off!” uno ha detto, while others blamed broadcaster Amazon or French Tennis Federation president Guy Forget.
Within a few minutes the main stadium was almost completely empty, although two angry fans continued to argue they had a right to stay until security officials finally ushered them away at 11:10 p.m.
Qualche istante dopo, both players came back out to warm up amid a cathedral-like silence as the sound of ball hitting racket replaced the sometimes raucous atmosphere. Because after being away from live sports for so long, an appreciative crowd was in the mood for entertainment.
Their unbridled enthusiasm turned sour at 10:30 p.m. when chair umpire James Keothavong was roundly jeered for reminding the fans they had to leave at 10:45 p.m.
Most did not, but at just after 11:15 p.m. the players had resumed their match.
The top-ranked Djokovic experienced something similar during the Australian Open in February, when fans needed to be ushered out of his victory over Taylor Fritz because of coronavirus restrictions there.