Thursday 29 September 2016

Chaos at French Open as play suspended after spectators injured by metal scoreboard panel

Published 02/06/2015 | 17:02

An ambulance transports an injured spectator to hospital after a piece of the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
An ambulance transports an injured spectator to hospital after a piece of the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
People work on the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier after a piece of metal was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
People work on the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier after a piece of metal was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Play had to be suspended during the French Open quarter-final between Kei Nishikori and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after a large metal panel on Court Philippe Chatrier fell down and landed on spectators.

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The panel, which appeared to have been blown loose from the scoreboard by the wind, fell on a group of spectators in a top corner of the court. Three people sustained minor injuries.

Tsonga and Nishikori both left the arena and the umpire announced a 10-minute break while the area was cordoned off and vacated.

People work on the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier after a piece of metal was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
People work on the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier after a piece of metal was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
People work on the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier after a piece of metal was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
People work on the scoreboard above Court Philippe Chatrier after a piece of metal was blown off in high winds during the men's singles quarterfinal match between Kei Nishikori of Japan and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

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