It is now the tradition at Roland-Garros. Former players interview the winners on the court, in the wake of their success. This is the case on the Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen courts, where Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were playing this Saturday.
The two men are making progress in French and can therefore respond in the language of Molière, to the delight of the audience. But Novak Djokovic seems to have left more energy in the interview than in his match, focusing on (rather well) choosing his words. After a few questions from Cédric Pioline, Nole told the French: “Shut up now” a little awkwardly but with a big smile, letting it be understood that he had given everything he could in this interview.
A few moments later, on the Suzanne Lenglen court, it was Fabrice Santoro’s turn to be manhandled. Not by Rafael Nadal but by the audience, who booed him when he started a question with: “Rafa, you’ve won 12 times here …”
Geek, the audience shouted “thirteen!” before booing an embarrassed Fabrice Santoro, while Nadal was laughing to death.