JUST IN: French Open makes huge move after David Goffin's shocking drunk fan claims

French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo addresses Goffin's claims about a drunk fan behavior.

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JUST IN: French Open makes huge move after David Goffin's shocking drunk fan claims
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French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo has made a big move following David Goffin's shocking claim and allegation as the tournament decided to ban alcohol from the stands while they are still searching for the person who allegedly acted toward Goffin in a very disrespectful way. 

On Tuesday, former world No. 7 Goffin started his French Open run with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 win over rising French star Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard. 

Goffin, who has never been known as someone who likes to draw much attention to himself or make some noise, had something he wanted to address as the Belgian claimed a drunk fan spat out their chewing gum at him. Also, the 33-year-old Belgian added fan behavior at Roland Garros was getting out of control and turning into "a total disrespect."

“Clearly, it goes too far, it’s total disrespect. It’s really too much. It’s becoming [like] football, soon there will be smoke bombs, hooligans and there will be fights in the stands," Goffin said after his opening win at Roland Garros. 

“It’s starting to become ridiculous. Some people are there more to cause trouble than to create an atmosphere.

“Someone spat out their chewing gum at me. It [the match] was getting complicated. That’s why I wanted to stay calm. If I started to get angry about it, it could have destabilized me.”

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Also, 2016 French Open quarterfinalist Goffin added that complaints are not coming only from players but also from umpires, who feel there is a lot of disrespectful stuff thrown at them too. 

“A lot of people are complaining, a lot of umpires feel that there is a lot of disrespect,” Goffin added.

“This is the repeated a lot in the locker room and among the ATP authorities. We’re going to have to do something about that. I think it only happens in France."

French Open TD Mauresmo announces changes after the Goffin incident 

On Thursday, French Open tournament director Mauresmo spoke with the media and revealed the decisions that have been made following complaints from Goffin. While fans will be able to drink alcohol elsewhere, it won't happen anymore while they are in their seats. 

Also, Mauresmo shared that the umpires will be instructed to be harsher in their response to such situations and also added that security staff will also be urged to pay much more attention in discovering potential troublemakers. 

“The umpires are really going to be even more strict to further respect to the players and respect the game,” Mauresmo said, via i newspaper.

“This is something that we’re not going to tolerate, to overstep these two things. That’s for sure. So umpires have quite an important role in this matter.

“And definitely in terms of security, we’re going to try to see which people is maybe making [trouble]… because I think it’s a few individuals at some point that are overstepping. [Security personnel will] try to calm them down or or they go out. If they go too far, they go out.”

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Amelie Mauresmo© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney
 

Mauresmo urges fans to do better

After the Goffin situation on Tuesday, world No. 1 and three-time French Open champion Iga Swiatek also complained on Wednesday. Following a tight 7-6 (1) 1-6 7-5 win over Naomi Osaka, Swiatek told the fans that they were probably acting disruptive at times and that it was negatively impacting her. At the end of her message, Swiatek told the fans that she was aware that they had come to watch her and that she would like their relationship to stay good. 

While Mauresmo understands that some fans probably get a little bit too excited in certain situations, she highlights that there are certain lines that can't be crossed. 

"We've tried to gather yesterday information on what happened and how we can do the things so these kind of new rules are from this morning. So we'll see how it goes," Mauresmo added.

"We are happy that people are very enthusiastic about watching tennis, about being part of the matches, about feeling emotions and showing emotions. But yes, definitely there are steps that they shouldn't go further [than].

"I don't want to be negative and I'm an optimist. I'm really [hoping] to see that people are going to react in a good way and that it's going to be okay, and if it's not, we will take other measures."

Amelie Mauresmo
Amelie Mauresmo© Getty Images Sport - Cameron Spencer
 

Meanwhile, Goffin is back on the court today as he is currently playing against Alexander Zverev in the French Open second round. If Goffin upsets Zverev, he will come a win away from reaching the second week at Roland Garros for the first time since 2018.

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