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Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: The City by the Lake.
Les spectateurs francais - A bad rap?
I've seen a zillion posts about the 'horrible' French crowds at Roland Garros. And I personally feel they are getting a terrible rap.
Steffi Graf: 'I've been a lot of places, and played in front of a lot of crowds, but never have I had a crowd quite like this before."
Monica Seles: 'The crowds here in Paris are always so fantastic and I wanna thank you for helping me get through my matches. I promise to come back again next year.' (unfulfilled promise, but not because the crowd).
Hell, even Guga drew a heart on the clay with her racket to thank them and show his love for the crowd.
I guess I just wanted to point out that while they tend to get restless and often times whistle, they are not the gutless, horrible, bullies that everyone is purposing they are. I've personally never been to a live Grand Slam match at Roland Garros, but I have attended the Open Gaz de France event - and I will say, and forever standby my statement that the French (specifically Parisian) crowds are the most knowledgible and appreciative fans of tennis that I have ever had the joyous experience to watch live tennis with on many occasions.
You see, I have also been to a lot of places and seen tennis being played in front of a lot of crowds, but never have I had a crowd quite like them before.