Goffin injury raises Roland Garros safety questions

Published by Reuters

David Goffin was injured during the third round of Roland Garros. Photo: Getty Images
Roland Garros organisers have come under pressure to review on-court safety after Belgian David Goffin was injured during his third round match.

French Open organisers have come under pressure to review court safety after Belgian David Goffin tripped and twisted his ankle on a cover at the edge of the playing surface, sustaining an injury that forced him to quit the tournament.

His coach, Thierry Van Cleemput, said that while the 10th seed had not torn ligaments or broken a bone, the injury on Court Suzanne Lenglen, which had put his grasscourt season in doubt, should prompt a review.

“The objective is to have optimal safety for all players on the courts, and … Roland Garros (staff) have asked themselves all of these questions,” Van Cleemput told a news conference.

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“There will be consequences. The decisions will be to have a safer court.”

Roland Garros organisers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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