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Novak Djokovic’s French Open quarter-final towards Matteo Berrettini briefly suspended after followers protest 11pm coronavirus curfew | Tennis Information

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The quarter-final was suspended for round 20 minutes on Wednesday night time, with Djokovic main 2-1 in units and up 3-2 within the fourth set; Serb gained 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 to progress to semi-finals at Roland Garros

Final Up to date: 09/06/21 10:58pm

Some spectators at Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier protested after being requested to depart below Covid curfew guidelines

Novak Djokovic’s French Open quarter-final towards Matteo Berrettini was briefly suspended on Wednesday after spectators protested towards an 11pm coronavirus curfew.

Play was suspended through the fourth set and followers had been anticipated to depart at 10.45pm native time, however many didn’t and began chanting “We have paid, we’ll keep”. Some even jeered those that left Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier.

Djokovic was up 2-1 in units and main 3-2 when play was halted. At 10.55pm, each gamers packed their luggage and walked off down the tunnel whereas followers jeered and one shouted “Rip-off!”.

Nonetheless, inside a couple of minutes, the principle stadium was nearly utterly empty.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the French Open semi-finals with a  6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 victory over Matteo Berrettini

Novak Djokovic superior to the French Open semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 victory over Matteo Berrettini

The 2 gamers then returned to the court docket and resumed play with out followers current round 20 minutes after the match had been suspended, with Djokovic successful the fourth set to finish a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 victory.

Coronavirus restrictions had been loosened in Paris on Wednesday to permit 5,000 spectators inside Courtroom Philippe-Chatrier, relatively than the 1,000 for earlier matches.

A curfew of 9pm had been in place for the primary 10 days of the match, that means the night time session matches had been all performed behind closed doorways.

Nonetheless, the relief of guidelines permitted spectators to be within the stadium till shortly earlier than the 11pm curfew.

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