The curfew has been lifted for fans attending the Rafael Nadal-Novak Djokovic match at Roland Garros
With the local curfew just minutes away, authorities have announced that fans could stay in the stands for the duration of the fiercely contested Roland Garros semi-final match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Friday night.
Djokovic had just won the third set in a tie-break to take a 2-1 lead when the the announcement has been made to the crowd at Philippe Chatrier court. He was greeted with enthusiastic cheers followed by a chant of “Thank you, Macron” in reference to French President Emmanuel Macron.
The announcement said the decision was made due to the “very exceptional nature of the circumstances”.
Play was halted in Djokovic’s quarter-final match against Matteo Berrettini on Wednesday in order to adhere to the 11pm national curfew. Many fans refused to leave and chanted: “We paid, we will stay”. Both players were taken off the field as those in the crowd were escorted. The game resumed after a break of more than 20 minutes in front of an empty stadium.
It was believed that a similar scenario would have occurred on Friday if Djokovic and Nadal were still on the pitch.
Djokovic is looking for his first clay court victory against Nadal, 13 times Roland Garros champion, since 2016.