The 10th and last night session of Roland-Garros 2022 was held on Wednesday evening with the ultimate men’s quarter-final won by the Norwegian Casper Ruud. In place for the second year, these night sessions are debating: what is the point of having athletes play so late? Tournament Director Amélie Mauresmo responds.
In the Parisian night, the sound of bullets is punctuated by applause and the public has the feeling of living a unique moment, as if out of time. But these night sessions which appeared last year thanks to the lighting of the courts and the installation of a roof on the central are debated. When a game like the quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Tuesday ends at 1:15 a.m., and the spectators are wrapped in their blankets, a question arises: what is the point of having the athletes play so late?
Allow fans to follow matches on weekdays
“The evening match schedule can raise questions. I believe that the balance sheet, we will do it at the end”, admits Amélie Mauresmo, the director of Roland-Garros, at the microphone of Europe 1. But “I have had a number of feedback from people saying ‘It’s great because I work and Roland-Garros, I watch the weekend but on weekdays, usually in the evening it’s over’. to defend at all costs this evening session but in my opinion, there is a real interest both on the spot and in front of his TV for a large number of people to be able to follow tennis after work, “she continues.
The exclusive broadcaster of these night sessions, Amazon, represents a financial windfall for the French Tennis Federation. The 10th and last night session of Roland-Garros 2022 was held on Wednesday evening with the ultimate men’s quarter-final won by the Norwegian Casper Ruud. As for the spectators who attend these matches live, in a central court with 15,000 seats, they can quickly find themselves faced with the problem of transport when it comes to leaving Porte d’Auteuil in the middle of the night.