So far, fully behind the Blues, the public on the Philippe-Chatrier court flinched during the French Alizé Cornet match. Niçoise, who was forced to resign during her third round of Roland-Garros, did not understand the few whistles that accompanied her on her way out. “I know it’s a handful of idiots, but it hurts my heart.”, blew the French number in tears. He has a torn adductor and expects to be out for at least 2-3 weeks.
Alizé, has the pain been present since the beginning of your meeting?
She was there warming up. I couldn’t move on the court, I knew that before I came back. I wanted to try my luck until the end. I shouldn’t have come back and risked getting my injuries worse. I have a big adductor. And then she didn’t let me breathe either, I lost and it’s not just because of the injury.
“Sad to end up like this”
When did you get hurt against Ostapenko?
At 4-2 in the third set. I was motionless for a few seconds. It lasted in the heat at the end of the match, but the next day, when I woke up, I felt that something was wrong. We did an ultrasound last night and there is no doubt about the diagnosis. I never lost the Grand Slam or resigned, so it was impossible for me not to try.
See you next year at Roland?
I don’t know. It’s sad to end up like this. (She pauses and continues with tears in her eyes). I’m hallucinating that people dared to whistle at me. The French public surprises me, but not always in a good way.
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How do you experience this contrast between your victory against Ostapenko, where you have incredible support, and this moment?
Maybe it hurt more than the injury itself. We must not generalize, but frankly it is being abused. When I see everything I give up on the field … I think it would be easier not to come to the court. It sucks because it’s unfair. It hurts. Again, it’s a handful of idiots, but it hurts my heart. I think most people understood what I was going through.