Fritz ends French hopes at Roland Garros and silences the crowd

Silence please: Taylor Fritz waves to the crowd after beating Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech

Silence please: Taylor Fritz waves to the crowd after beating Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech

Taylor Fritz knocked out the last French player standing at Roland Garros on Thursday and mockingly silenced the loud, partisan crowd of the night.

The American world number eight beat Arthur Rinderknech 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 and celebrated by placing his finger to his lips as the majority of fans booed and laughed at him.

“The crowd was so awesome I had to let it get me fired up. They cheered me on so much, I wanted to make sure I won. Thanks guys,” the American said sarcastically during his interview on the ground as the mockery continued. .

The 25-year-old grew irritated throughout the match as fans sang the French national anthem in a desperate bid to push their last hope into the next round.

The chair umpire’s pleas for silence during the rallies went unheeded.

As Fritz gave an exaggerated and theatrical bow to his tormentors late in the game, Rinderknech responded by drawing a heart in the clay court Suzanne Lenglen.

However, this brief thaw in the atmosphere will not hide the bitter truth of French tennis.

Of the 28 home players who started the tournament on Sunday, none managed to advance to the third round.

The only other time the host nation had suffered such an embarrassing annihilation was 2021.

“After hearing about it at least 200 times in the crowd, I was aware of it,” said Rinderknech, 78th, of his country’s poor showing this week.

“I did my best.”

Fritz has now equaled his best performance at Roland Garros.

He will face Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo for a place in the fourth round.

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