PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic's French Open quarterfinal against Matteo Berrettini was delayed for about 22 minutes Wednesday evening while thousands of spectators were cleared out because of an 11 p.m. coronavirus curfew.
Pandemic-related restrictions were loosened to allow 5,000 inside on Court Philippe-Chatrier rather than the 1,000 for the previous matches, and it was quite an atmosphere until the rule was imposed.
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.
Shortly before 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!" one said, while others blamed broadcaster Amazon or French Tennis Federation president Guy Forget.