Dan Evans rips David Goffin and Iga Swiatek's comments on RG crowd as 'laughable'

Evans seemingly wasn't impressed with the comments that Goffin and Swiatek made about the behavior of the French Open crowd.

by Dzevad Mesic
Dan Evans rips David Goffin and Iga Swiatek's comments on RG crowd as 'laughable'
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Dan Evans has seemingly responded to David Goffin and Iga Swiatek's complaints about the French Open crowd as the British tennis player says it is "laughable" to call fans at Roland Garros "hooligans."

So far this week, there has been a lot of talk about the French Open crowd and their behavior. Following a hard-fought 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 win over Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard on Tuesday, Belgian Goffin ripped the French Open crowd, saying that their behavior was "totally disrespectful" - claimed that someone spat out a gum at him - and that tennis will soon have "hooligans" in the stands if certain behavior is allowed. 

“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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Goffin's post-match comments quickly became a big story and drew lots of responses and reactions. Then on Wednesday, more fuel was added to the topic after WTA world No. 1 Swiatek called out the French Open following her win over Naomi Osaka as the Pole felt the crowd was disruptive in their cheering and shouting at times. 

Four-time Grand Slam champion Swiatek sharing that opinion on the crowd led to even more discussions about fan behavior in tennis.

Evans slams recent opinions on the French Open crowd

Evans, 34, was seemingly pretty stunned at some of the comments that were made about the French Open crowd in recent days. Addressing the issue, Evans suggested that calling out fans in this way could potentially have very detrimental consequences for tennis and its future as the British former world No. 21 is asking who will be interested in watching tennis if fans aren't allowed to get excited.

"I'm surprised at the reaction of some players to the crowd," Evans told The Times. 

"We have to be careful what we are saying about the spectators and asking them not to drink or get too excited. They will start thinking, 'What's the point?'

"The atmosphere here is one of the best. They are passionate and go crazy for this. There are kids everywhere loving tennis. Now we are telling them to stop.

"The spectators pay hard-earned money to come here, and for some players to tell them to stop being so loud... come on, this is sport. We want the crowd to be into it. To call them hooligans is just laughable."

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The French Open made a strong reaction to the French Open incident

Two days after Goffin made some big claims against the French Open crowd, the tournament made a huge policy change and decided to ban alcohol from the stands.

"Alcohol was until now authorized in the stands. Now it's over," French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo told the media on Thursday. 

"We are happy people are very enthusiastic about watching tennis and being part of the matches, showing and feeling emotions, but there are definitely steps which shouldn't go further. A few things have needed to be put in place."

When announcing the new policy change, Mauresmo also said that the umpires and security staff will be instructed to be even stricter when dealing with potential troublemakers. 

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

“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.”

Amelie Mauresmo
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Over the last couple of days, several players have defended the French Open crowd.

After a loss to Swiatek, Osaka said she didn't feel that the crowd stepped over the line while Paula Badosa also defended the crowd by pretty much saying she couldn't believe about what the Pole was complaining. 2023 US Open champion Coco Gauff also said she likes engaged crowds but noted that their behavior must stay respectful at every time. 

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