Taylor Fritz becomes the enemy of the public at Roland-Garros

Taylor Fritz French Open

Taylor Fritz French Open

The French Open crowd were unhappy with American player Taylor Fritz after beating one of their own – in fact, their last man in the group – so they booed and whistled relentlessly. Fritz’s answer? He told them to shut up. Again and again.

Fritz, a 25-year-old Californian, seeded No. 9 at Roland Garros, had a back-and-forth with fans at court Suzanne Lenglen after his 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 comeback win over 78th-placed Arthur Rinderknech in the second round on Thursday night.

Rinderknech attempted a lob that landed long on the last point, and Fritz, who had been running to the baseline to chase the ball, immediately looked up at the bleachers and pressed his right index finger to his lips to say, essentially, “Hush! ”

He held this pose for a moment as he headed to the net for a post-game handshake, then he spread his arms out, swept them around a bit as if to instigate a ruckus and shouted, “Come on! I want to hear it!”

During the winner’s customary on-court interview that followed, more mockery rained down on Fritz, and 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli continued to suspend attempts to ask a question into her microphone.

Then Fritz said again: “Shhhhh!” and put his finger to his mouth, while Bartoli tried unsuccessfully to get onlookers to lower their decibel level.

More boos. More whistles.

And the awkwardness continued as Bartoli and a stadium announcer kept saying, ‘Please’ – ‘Please!’ – in vain, while Fritz stood there with his arms crossed.

A few American fans with signs and flags caught Fritz’s eye from the front row, and he looked over and said, “I love you guys.

But the interview was still pending.

Bartoli tried to ask a question in English, which only served to attract more boos.

So Fritz told him he couldn’t hear him. Bartoli moved closer and finally asked a question – but it didn’t matter what she said.

Fritz, who featured in the Netflix tennis docuseries ‘Break Point’, had his hands on his hips and a message on his mind – a reminder of Daniil Medvedev’s setback with fans at the 2019 US Open.

“I came out and the crowd was so big honestly. Like, the crowd was so awesome,” Fritz said, as people tried to drown out his voice. “They cheered me on so well that I wanted to make sure I won. Thanks guys.”

And with that, he left the stage.

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