Empty stands (1000 spectators per day), a ghost stadium where six points of sale (out of 50 usually) are open, rain, even cold, and to top it all off a controversy around the new Wilson balls.
All in an overwhelming context of the Covid-19 crisis.
Roland-Garros has been fighting against headwinds since last Sunday.
And all the voluntarism of the organizers, Guy Forget, tournament boss and Bernard Giudicelli, president of the French Tennis Federation at the head, is not enough to boost the morale of the troops.
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Since the start of the week, the stars of the little yellow ball have paraded masked for post-match videoconferences since no face-to-face interviews are allowed this year.
Many show their lack of enthusiasm and sometimes even a deep discomfort with, as a backdrop, the permanent fear of being tested positive and suddenly excluded from the tournament.
Over the weeks, the players start to die out
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