Gasquet describes scene inside Stade de France during terrorist attacks

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The Frenchman was inside, watching a soccer game between France and Germany. (AP)

Richard Gasquet has described the scenes in the Stade de France as the terrorist attacks in Paris unfolded, with the Frenchman having been inside the stadium. There were explosions around the stadium during a soccer game between France and Germany on Friday night, part of a coordinated set of attacks around the French capital.

“I was at the Grand Journal before, so I was a bit delayed arriving at the stadium,” Gasquet told L’Equipe. "The match had started. We heard two explosions. I had even before heard some unbelievable sounds in les Parcs au Princes but this was obviously something else. It was not a sound, it was really a blast. I was in a box suite, so there was television and we could see what was happening in other parts of Paris.

“Following the third explosion, there was an evacuation but many people stayed in the stadium. They were very memorable images.

“I went to the parking lot. We stayed a long time before leaving.”

Gasquet said he was still planning to go to the ATP World Tour Finals in London and hit with Rafael Nadal on Sunday. “Given what happened, I have a very nervous sensation,” he said. “But I will hit anyway. It’s terrible, what happened.”

Ana Ivanovic was also presumed to have been in attendance, watching boyfriend Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was playing for Germany.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the only French players who qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals (in doubles), watched from afar that evening.

“We play on Monday and we are discussing with the ATP to do something, at least to wear something on the shirt,” Mahut, who resides in Paris, was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald as saying to press. “We didn’t talk with the other players but I’m sure they will do something.”

“Right now our thoughts are with the victims, the families and the guys fighting to get peace and Paris secure again,” said Herbert. “I’m one of the lucky people, but it doesn’t matter because I feel really, really touched by what is happening right now in France.”

The ATP has heightened security at the season-ending tournament in response to the attacks.

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